Talal Rafi

Global Consultant, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Gender Equality

Talal Rafi is on the Deloitte Global Team on Climate and Sustainability and he is a member of the Global ESG Operations Team at Deloitte. He is a member of the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum. He also Co-Chairs the Global Plastic Innovation Network action group of the World Economic Forum.

He began his career as an entrepreneur and later co-founded one of Sri Lanka’s first co-working spaces companies, Hubpoint. As an entrepreneurship specialist at a USAID project, he was instrumental in designing a mentoring platform geared to empower women and youth entrepreneurs.

He was on a Selection Committee of the Asian Development Bank #DigitalAgainstCovid-19 Innovation Series, which empowered innovative businesses in Asia to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic.

Talal was also on the team of experts at Chatham House London on formulating recommendations for the G7 and G20 on gender equality post-COVID-19. He has consulted as an industry expert under the World Bank AHEAD Project at Moratuwa University on developing an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem and has designed an entrepreneurship program for the university.

As a World Bank GYCN Ambassador on Climate Change, Talal works to inspire young people into action to achieve greater environmental sustainability. He serves on an advisory committee of the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka.
He has given talks globally, including at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center and at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He serves on the advisory board of a Silicon Valley start-up working on AI and machine learning in the financial sector.

Talal’s work has been published by the World Economic Forum, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, UNFCCC (United Nations) London School of Economics, and Forbes.

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