World Economic Forum
Talal Rafi is a global consultant on Innovation, entrepreneurship and gender equality. 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 consults 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.