• The World economic forum

    The Global Shapers Community is a youth initiative of the World Economic Forum, with active hubs in 450 cities around the globe. We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change.

    The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.


    Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events.

  • Initiatives

    Our Past and Current Projects

    Affordable Austin

    Affordable Housing Audit and Housing Incubator
    SDG Goals:
    #10 Reduce Inequalities
    #11 Sustainable Cities & Communities
    #17 Partnerships

    We set out to examine the idea of a welcoming city and quickly realized that affordability was one of the biggest identified challenges for Austin residents. The work grew to include an affordable housing resident research survey and the group was also accepted into Impact Hub's Housing Accelerator. Today, two Shapers sit on the board.

    Facebook Chat Bot

    Engaging Young Voters
    SDG Goals:
    #10 Reduce Inequalities
    #17 Partnerships

    For the mid-terms we encouraged youth to complete their voter registration and turn out. Leading up to the election, we piloted a Facebook Chat Bot that answered questions around the voting process.

    Smartphone Literacy Training

    SDG Goals:
    #4 Quality Education
    #8 Decent Work & Economic Growth
    #9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    #10 Reduce Inequalities

    The Austin Shapers worked in coordination with El Buen Samaritano to host a series of smartphone training programs to better introduce communities not yet adapted to web based technology to connect them with useful resources on the web through greater smartphone accessibility.


    SDG Goals:
    #3 Good Health & Well-being
    #17 Partnerships

    GroupThinkATX is a series of events Shapers host monthly at Native Hostel, about honest conversations with a diverse group of thinkers. Visit the Facebook page for more information about this special community dialogue here.

    Shaper Impact Capital

    SDG Goals:
    #8 Decent Work & Economic Growth
    #Industry Innovation & Infrastructure
    #17 Partnerships

    Current and former members of the Austin Hub contribute to the goals of SIC: connecting impact entrepreneurs to capital. Visit the website here.

  • Membership

    Meet the Austin Shaper Hub Members

    Kevin Chandra

    Power Systems Engineer
    Austin Energy

    Vice Curator: Madeline Krebs

    Senior Account Executive


    Impact Officer:
    Maggie Burke

    Agency Partner


    Past Curator:
    Eiman Siddiqui

    Chief of Staff

    Texas Legislature

    Zev Jonathan Bimstein

    Associate Product Manager


    Riley Blanks

    Woke Beauty

    Virginia Cumberbatch


    Cmmunity Engagement Center (CEC)

    Francisco Enriquez

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Glasshouse Policy

    Christa Freeland

    Investor Fellow
    Next Wave Impact

    Ariel Goldberger

    Business Intelligence Analyst


    Katie Rose Gurkin

    Castle Creek Entertainment

    Liv Hadden


    Self-Aware Millennial

    Mina Hanna

    Senior Applications Consultant

    Synopsys Inc.

    Sam McDonald

    Emergency Veterinarian

    Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital

    Lucy Nguyen

    Program Manager

    Austin Asian Community Health Initiative

    Kelly Pratt

    Program Operations Specialist

    Texas CASA Inc.

    Valerie Nelson Ray

    Program Manager

    Iodine Software

    Alexis Taylor

    Director for Global Engagement

    Global Entrepreneurship Network

    Jessie Wang

    International Strategy


    Victoria Zuber

    Policy Researcher

    Expedia Group

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