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Headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, World Impacteurs Group (WIG) has evolved from the GC-Club - a not-for-profit entity founded in 2013 with an international network of over 500 influential, exceptionally talented, and robustly committed people. These are now our Group’s foundational members.


Our Founding Team comprises highly committed, subject matter experts determined to build a positive legacy for a brighter future. It includes:

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The GC-Club originator, Ismail, a UAE-based entrepreneur, is driven by a desire to unite global impacteurs for purposeful change. “I have long envisaged a community where the next generation of conscious leaders meet. The World Impact Forum brings that community to life. A platform for people with passion, delivering impact-driven projects for communities and mentoring and nurturing a new generation of conscious impacteurs.”

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Emirati entrepreneur with a vision to bring best of products and services to UAE and the region through his expertise. “It’s time for change and changemakers. Thinkers, dreamers and doers; visionaries, idealists and achievers from various walks of life- be it public or private, nonprofit or for-profit, corporate or investments, civic society or governmental sectors as well as academia - now have a timely initiative to come together with minds and organizations that resonate to IMPACT and empower a future of HOPE. Now the impact community has a HOME.”


A global investment banker of 30 years, Amir heads divisions and has built businesses across a wide range of investment banking, private equity and Islamic finance institutions, debt capital markets, structured finance, asset management, treasury, and derivatives. “The drive towards sustainability and social consciousness must be reflected in the way the entire finance eco-system operates. The Forum will enable the entire industry and investors to explore how they can play an influential role in shaping a fairer, more inclusive world.”

A UAE-based entrepreneur, enthusiastic environmentalist and global change maker, Karen’s Storey Group co-creates daring programmes with purpose-driven organisations that make lasting and positive change happen. “We will harness the best of strategic thinking, creativity, and technology to enhance the sustainability of our planet and our lives by connecting people to purpose.”

Patricia Bitar Cherfan is social and media entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beirut-based PiDRAYA and HOME Magazine. PiDRAYA is a visionary social enterprise promoting sustainable development and social responsibility. HOME Magazine holds Lebanon at its core. Its peace journalism practice serve as a hub for connecting like-minded people, and friends of Lebanon within and across borders to the place they call “HOME” through inspiring content on arts, cultural diplomacy, initiatives, giving back and heritage.



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