Join us

Talal Rafi

Global consultant,

Talal Rafi is a global consultant on entrepreneurship, specializing in corporate innovation and gender equality. 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 the 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 consults as an industry expert under the World Bank AHEAD Project at Moratuwa University on developing entrepreneurship ecosystems. As a World Bank GYCN Ambassador on Climate Change, Talal works to inspire young people into action to achieve greater environmental sustainability. He has given talks globally, including at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center and serves on the advisory board of a Silicon Valley start-up working on AI and machine learning in the financial sector. Talal writes for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Forbes and other publications on topics such as entrepreneurship, gender equality, sustainability, innovation, and the future of work.

Subscribe for updates

A weekly update of what’s on the Global Agenda

© 2021 World Economic Forum

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service