Voice Gems

Messages of Hope

The Human voice is one of the most powerful instruments we possess and represents one of nature’s greatest achievements. Today, with close to 8 billion voices worldwide and more than 7,000 identified languages spoken globally, never has it been more appropriate to celebrate the sheer breadth of the human voice. As we come together in Davos, for the first time in over two years, it’s important that all voices are given a platform to be heard.

Joseph Fowler
Head of Arts & Culture

“The pandemic has brought far-reaching changes. In a world full of uncertainty and tension, personal dialogue is more important than ever.”

Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman

A Vocal Archive:

The VOICE GEMS project generates unique digital gemstones from voices. Each vocal recording is sent through the Voice Gems system of 200,000 particles, which are sculpted by assigned features such as volume, pitch and harmonics found in the data of each voice.

The Voice Gems system is the culmination of 10 years of theory and research and development by Harry Yeff and Trung Bao.

MESSAGES OF HOPE is a collaboration between Harry Yeff and the World Economic Forum. Harry Yeff, is a London-born new media artist, specializing in voice, technology and performance.

Voice Gems

The Mind

Contextual Intelligence

How we understand and apply our knowledge.

Voice 1

Alfred Grand

Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur and 100 Million Farmers Member - Austria

Absdorf, Austria

No. 1101

Biography

Alfred Grand is an organic farmer and entrepreneur that transitioned his family’s 90-hectare conventional farm in Austria to a diversified organic production system. His vision is to show that it is possible to leave the earth better than it was before, by adapting well-known regenerative and nature-positive systems to different climates and contexts.

In 2019, he was selected to be a member of the Mission Board for Soil Health and Food for Horizon Europe, and is an ambassador for the European Innovation Partnership for agriculture.

Voice 2

David Hertz

Chef, Social Entrepreneur and Young Global Leader Alumni - Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

No. 1102

Biography

David Hertz is a Brazilian-born chef and Ashoka Social Entrepreneur. He is a TED 2015 Senior Fellow.

David uses the power of food and gastronomy to transform the lives of vulnerable people and underserved communities in Latin America. As a pioneer and visionary, he is a convener in complementary networks and advocates to make food systems more equitable dialoguing with public sector, companies and non-profits. In his 2015 TED Talk, he launched the Social Gastronomy Movement that now counts with over 200 organizations in 52 countries.

For the last 18 years he has been the lead figure at Gastromotiva, an NGO that is transforming Brazil and Mexico by bringing job opportunities to thousands of people and supporting food entrepreneurs. Alongside Chef Massimo Bottura, he created Refettorio Gastromotiva, a restaurant-school that serves homeless people in Rio de Janeiro using only food surplus.

When the pandemic outbreak hit Brazil, Gastromotiva began a movement of expansion to secure the access of healthy food to vulnerable families and children. Since 2020 they have started more than 130 solidarity kitchens distributing over 2 million meals in 15 cities across Brazil. This work is driving social impact from the Amazon region to Sao Paulo, from Salvador to Mexico City, and beyond. David has made the commitment to transform the lives of 10 million individuals by 2030.

Davis is a Young Global Leader alumni, Charles Bronfman Recipient 2019, and a UN Food Systems Champion 2021.

Voice 3

Mikaela Jade

Tech Entrepreneur and Schwab Foundation Awardee 2021 - Australia

Canberra, Australia

No. 1103

Biography

Mikaela Jade is a Cabrogal woman of the Dharug-speaking nation of Sydney. Her company, Indigital, founded in 2014, is Australia’s first Indigenous tech company. Indigital is built on a belief that together we can use digital technologies to express 80’000 years of human knowledge while engaging our people in education that leads to skills, jobs, and wealth creation to build a stronger future for all.

Indigital Schools, the company’s flagship program, is an elder-led, curriculum-integrated exploration of cultural expressions, heritage and knowledge through augmented and mixed reality production. It exists to preserve, access and share traditional knowledge, language and law.

Mikaela and her company have achieved several honours. In 2019 Mikaela addressed the UN in New York to demonstrate the impact of new technologies in Indigenous communities, she is a World Economic Forum Global Futures Council Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate, and an Indigenous Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wollongong.

Mikaela joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board in 2018 and, in addition to completing a Master of Applied Cybernetics (with Commendation) at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, was included in The Australian’s 100 Top Innovators List. Mikaela is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur awardee.

Voice 4

Shitanshu Dhakal

UNICEF Youth Advocate - Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

No. 1104

Biography

Shitanshu Dhakal, 21, is a medical student at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal. She has a keen interest around mental health and is one of the co-founders of Team Aarogya, a digital peer support system that expands access to mental health support for children and young people within schools. The project’s pitch won them the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2020, organized by UNICEF and UNDP in collaboration with King’s College and Tyrocity.com.

Shitanshu is presently serving as UNICEF Nepal’s Youth Advocate for mental health, working to expand the conversation around the issue among children, youth, families and communities, calling for an increased investment in research and more accessible support services for all.

Voice Gems

The Heart

Emotional Intelligence

How we process and integrate our thoughts and feelings, and relate to ourselves and to one another.

Voice 5

Alejandro René Daly Rivero

Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Activist and Global Shaper from Bogota Hub - Venezuela

Bogotá, Colombia

No. 1105

Biography

Alejandro Daly majored in Government and International Relations in Colombia. He is the Director of El Derecho a No Obedecer, a platform that proposes, develops and accompanies citizen advocacy processes to achieve greater impact in Colombia.

Currently, he is working to promote the integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Latin America, impacting more than 115’000 people through artistic and cultural manifestations, public conversations and social media. In addition, he is co-founder of the Xenophobia Barometer, the first platform in Latin America to analyze the narratives around migrants and refugees in social media with the objective of positively transforming them. Alejandro was awarded first place for the Youth Leadership and Innovation Award at the 2021 Global Forum on Migration and Development.

He is a UNICEF Consultant working on issues such as air pollution and youth participation in Latin America, and co-authored the toolkit ‘Air Pollution: It’s time to act’. He is also a founding member of the National Citizen Network for Clean Air in Colombia, which organizes debates and demonstrations bringing together activists, local governments, citizens and academics to share their worries, knowledge and proposals to improve air quality in their cities.

Alejandro is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper from the Bogota Hub and strongly believes that having the opportunity to feel at home everywhere is a human right.

Voice 6

Angélique Kidjo

Singer-Songwriter, Actress and Activist - Benin

New York, United States

No. 1106

Biography

Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with fourteen albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva” and included her in their 2021 Time 100 most influential people in the world. The BBC, Forbes Magazine, and The Guardian have all highlighted her importance to the people of the African continent.

She is the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the 2018 German Sustainability Award. She tirelessly advocates on behalf of children as both a UNICEF and OXFAM Ambassador, along with her own charitable Foundation, Batonga, which supports young girls in West Africa.

As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages, have won her the respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

Voice 7

Huang Ruo

Composer, Pianist and Vocalist - China

New York, USA

No. 1107

Biography

Composer Huang Ruo has been lauded by The New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a unique compositional technique he calls “Dimensionalism.”

His diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theatre and dance, to cross-genre sound installation, architectural installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film. His music has been premiered and performed by world renowned orchestras and philharmonics.

An American Soldier (with libretto by David Henry Hwang) was named one of the best classical music events of 2018 by The New York Times and had its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June of that year. His upcoming opera M. Butterfly will have its world premiere with the Santa Fe Opera and other upcoming operas will be premiered and presented by the Washington National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Prototype Festival and the Hong Kong New Vision Festival.

Born in 1976 in Hainan Island, China, he began learning composition and piano at six years old with his father, who is also a composer. As the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended and China was opening its gate to the Western world, Huang Ruo was able to absorb newly allowed Western influences. In 1995, after winning the Henry Mancini Award at the International Film and Music Festival in Switzerland, he moved to the United States.

Huang Ruo has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. He is a composition faculty member at the Mannes School of Music in New York and is the artistic director and conductor of the Ensemble FIRE. In 2006, he was selected as a Young Leader Fellow by the National Committee on United States–China Relations.

Voice 8

Dr Jane Goodall

World Renowned Ethologist and Conservationist - England

Bournemouth, England

No. 1108

Biography

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world. Known for her groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, transformative research which continues today as the longest running wild chimpanzee study in the world.

At 26, Jane followed her passion for wildlife and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania. There, under the mentorship of paleoanthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey, she began her landmark study. Her revelatory observation that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific landscape and forever redefined our understanding of the relationship between humans and other animals.

Jane’s work builds on innovative science, growing a lifetime of advocacy particularly through her global organization the Jane Goodall Institute, founded in 1977. Her trailblazing efforts advance community-led conservation through JGI’s Tacare approach which empowers local communities to own the process of sustainable development and conservation, and through Roots & Shoots, JGI’s international youth program which supports young people in more than 50 countries to create positive change in their communities.  

Today, Jane continues to connect with worldwide audiences, despite the challenges of the pandemic, through ‘Virtual Jane’ including remote lectures, recordings, and her podcast, the ‘Jane Goodall Hopecast’. In 2021, Jane was the recipient of the Templeton Prize, and published her newest book, ‘The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times.’ 

Jane is truly a global icon spreading hope and turning it into meaningful positive impact to create a better world for people, other animals, and the planet we share.

Voice 9

Rupi Kaur

Poet, Illustrator, Photographer and Author - Canada

Toronto, Canada

No. 1109

Biography

Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist, and performer.

As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, ‘Milk and honey’. Next came its artistic sibling, ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’. These collections have sold over 10 million copies and have been translated into over 42 languages. Her most recent book, ‘Home Body’, debuted #1 on bestsellers lists across the world. In 2021, Rupi executive produced and starred in her debut film, Rupi Kaur Live, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.  

Rupi's work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art or performing her poetry on stage.

Voice Gems

The Soul

Inspirational Intelligence

How we use a sense of individual and shared purpose, trust, and other virtues, to effect change and act towards the common good.

Voice 10

Makhtoum Abdalla

UNICEF Youth Advocate - Sudan

Darfur, Sudan

No. 1110

Biography

Makhtoum Abdalla, 18 year old student from Nyala, South Darfur, Sudan.  

He is Unicef Sudan Youth Advocate and a TED speaker. Makhtoum lives in Otash, a camp for internally displaced people. He is passionate about equal access to quality education for all children and young people. Whilst growing up in the camp, he continues to raise awareness on education, child rights, improvement in health services, and the importance of investing in young people. He taught himself English, Turkish and is currently learning French.  

His dream is to become a doctor to not only heal people, but to ensure the healthcare system advances and is equitable.

Voice 11

Olisana Mariner

Public Speaker, Artist, Educator, Activist and Global Shaper from Apia Hub - Samoa

Moata’a, Samoa

No. 1111

Biography

Olisana Mariner is a Samoan Artist, Social Entrepreneur and Mental Health Advocate. Her mission is to create solutions that amplify marginalised voices and make the democratisation of information more effective. As a person living with EUPD and a caretaker to loved ones with ASD, ADD/ADHD, BP and CPTSD - Olisana aspires to create equitable and inclusive environments for neurodiverse individuals in Pacific communities.  

Olisana has a BCom in Marketing & International Business from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Using her skills in communication, international relations, and strategic thinking, she brings energy and vision to manage projects, lead teams and raise funds to meet community needs. Olisana creates customer-centric and/or community-led solutions by grounding her work in Samoan values of resilience, adaptability and inclusion. A Pacific Islander, born and raised on a small island, she brings a strong sense of purpose and belonging to teams, touching on human empathy and social responsibility.

In 2019, Olisana started her first business, THE HUB Pacific, a hybrid events management company. Taking her lessons learned from incubation programs and international pitch festivals, she co-founded social enterprise Onelook Studio with her sister in 2021.

Olisana serves as a minor shareholder of OSM Investments Limited, is a Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Apia Hub by the World Economic Forum, and a Apia Hub Coordinator for the Pacific Connect program, run by ICDP and funded by the Government of Australia.

When she's not in a cafe sipping espressos, you can find her playing tabletop games with friends, potting plants, puzzling and thrifting.

Voice 12

will i am

Creative Innovator, Futurist, Entertainer and Technology Investor. Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee Member, Global AI Action Alliance - United States

Los Angeles, United States

No. 1112

Biography

Creative innovator, Futurist, musician and technology investor.  

Member of the World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Action Alliance (GAIAA). Chairs GAIAA’s Smart Toy Awards that recognizes excellence in ethical AI-powered toys. Honorary Fellow, Institutions of Engineering and Technology. Recipient of TIME 100 Impact Award; seven Grammy Awards; Emmy; CLIO; and World Economic Forum Crystal Awardee(2016).  

As an advocate for STEAM education, started i.am/Angel Foundation, which uses project-based learning modules to deliver STEAM education for at-risk youth via dedicated STEAM Academy preparatory schools, after-school tutoring, robotics clubs and enrichment activities within the US. At-risk students participate in advanced coursework including robotics, coding, app development and geographic information system mapping. In 2021 the i.am/Angel Foundation teamed with the Los Angeles Unified School District, America's second-largest state-run public school system, to offer robotics clubs as an official after-school activity, with the capacity to serve 12’000 students.  

Interests: promoting the health and planetary benefits of a plant-based (Vegan) diet; alternative energy-powered cars.

Voice 13

Sadhguru

Mystic, Visionary and Founder of Isha Foundation - India

Coimbatore, India

No. 1113

Biography

Yogi, Mystic, and Visionary, Sadhguru uses his efforts and influence towards one main goal: Raising Human Consciousness. Through his foundation, the Isha Foundation, created over four decades ago, he offers the technologies of well-being to millions of people across the world, supported by over 16 million volunteers worldwide.  

Sadhguru has been conferred with three presidential awards among which are the Padma Vibhushan for distinguished service to the Nation and India’s highest environmental award, the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, in 2010.  

Over the years, Sadhguru has launched large ecological initiatives to advocate for and take direct action towards local nature-based climate solutions. Project GreenHands, Rally for Rivers and Cauvery Calling address the urgent need to increase green cover, revitalize Indian rivers and restore soil health. Save Soil is aimed at addressing the global soil crisis by bringing together people from around the world.  

These initiatives have been recognized globally as game-changers for establishing a blueprint for economic development that is ecologically sustainable. Sadhguru has been invited by various UN and international agencies including the UN, UNE, UNEP, IUCN, UNCCD and the World Economic Forum to discuss global solutions to the world’s most pressing ecological issues.

Voice Gems

The Body

Physical Intelligence

How we cultivate our personal health and well-being, and that of those around us, to be in a position to apply the energy re-quired for both individual transformation and systemic change.

Voice 14

Ahmad Joudeh

Dancer and Choreographer - Syria / Netherlands

Amsterdam, Holland

No. 1114

Biography

Ahmad Joudeh is a dancer and a choreographer. He was born in Damascus in 1990 as a stateless refugee and was raised in Yarmouk camp, a settlement established by Palestinian refugees. Ever since childhood, Ahmad’s dream was to be a dancer. Despite opposition from members of his family and community, Ahmad attended dance lessons, often in secret.  

Ahmad was trained at the Syria branch of Enana Dance Theatre from 2006 to 2015 and studied at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus. In his free time, he taught dancing to young people with Down’s Syndrome, as well as orphaned children from the civil war at the SOS villages around Damascus.  

During the conflict, Ahmad faced life-threatening situations. He lost five of his family members and his home. As a declaration of his determination to keep on dancing, Ahmad had the words “Dance or Die” tattooed on the back of his neck.  

In August 2016, Ahmad’s struggle in Syria was reported in a news program on Dutch National Television. Touched by the story, The Dutch National Ballet organised The Dance For Peace Fund, which invited him to The Netherlands. A few months later, he moved to Amsterdam and in 2021 obtained the Dutch nationality.  

Since 2017, he has been internationally active as a freelance artist and has contributed to many events raising awareness for refugees. A 2018 documentary about his life entitled ‘Dance or Die’, won an International Emmy Award. The same year, Ahmad performed at UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award ceremony. He also performed at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam and released a memoir about his life, ‘Dance or Die’.

Voice 15

Dr Melhim Bou Alwan

General Internal Medicine and Primary Care Doctor - Lebanon / United States

Atlanta, United States

No. 1115

Biography

Melhim Bou Alwan MD, MHCM is an internal medicine physician and physician leader with a keen interest in quality improvement across various healthcare delivery settings.  

Having completed his medical studies at the American University of Beirut, Melhim moved to Atlanta to pursue a training in Internal Medicine at Emory University. He subsequently obtained a Masters in Healthcare Management from Harvard University.  

Melhim’s passions include improving healthcare access to underserved populations, enhancing the quality and value of care delivered across the healthcare continuum and optimizing the patient journey. His extensive background in international medical collaboration both as a student and as a practicing clinician gives him a unique perspective on global health challenges, international collaboration and cross-cultural healthcare delivery.

Voice 16

Sinead Burke

Educator, Writer, Public Speaker, Disability Advocate and Young Global Leader - Ireland

Ireland

No. 1116

Biography

Sinéad Burke is an educator, writer, and Founder of consultancy company Tilting the Lens, continually asking “is this accessible?”. She sparks conversations in every room to bring visibility to inaccessibility, and partners with clients and stakeholders to build collaborative solutions that have impact today, tomorrow, and forever.  

Through education, advocacy, and a design approach, Tilting the Lens aims to build a more equitable world by creating accessible practices, products, and places. Sinéad has been hosting conversations with leaders for over a decade, first through her blog, then through the ‘As Me with Sinéad’ podcast which has included conversations with activists and thinkers such as Samantha Power, DeRay McKesson, Lonnie Bunch III, Riz Ahmed, and Glenda Jackson.  

She is the author of ‘Break the Mould’, a book that encourages children to find their place in the world. The book is a number one bestseller and was awarded the Irish Children’s Book of the Year (Senior) Award.

Sinéad is the first little person to appear on the cover of Vogue, featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ issue; guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. She is a member of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’, Council of State, and a member of Gucci's Global Equity Board.  

She is responsible for the introduction of the term “duine beag” (little person) into the Irish language dictionary.

Voice 17

Susannah Rodgers

Paralympic Swimmer and Gold Medalist, Technical Adviser on Inclusion, Ocean Ambassador, Director, Speaker and Young Global Leader - England

London, England

No. 1117

Biography

Susie is a successful former professional Paralympic swimmer who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning six medals across both Games including gold in the 50m Butterfly in Rio and five bronze medals. Throughout her career, Susie has won 30 international medals at all levels of competition, including 17 gold.  

She holds a degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University, a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership and has studied professional courses through Stanford University, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Harvard Kennedy School.  

Susie is an expert consultant for global clients and currently works for the UK Government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion. She has advised the UK’s Development Finance Institution and numerous global investment programmes on global health and economic development, pioneering new disability inclusive approaches, designs, and strategies. In addition to her career in sport, she is also an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council and a sought-after public speaker.  

She has worked in the elite sport sector and with young people to promote education and cultural mobility programmes across different countries. An experienced non-executive director, she recently joined the Independent Advisory Board of emPOWER, a health technology consortium based at Bristol University and is a director of Spirit of 2012, the legacy charity born out of the London 2012 Games.  

Patron of various charities, an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK, Susie was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen and became a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2018.

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