Helene Gayle is co-chairing the World Economic Forum


by Andisheh Nouraee

The World Economic Forum on East Asia opened today in Bangkok. Forum sessions will focus on physical and economic connectivity in East Asia and are available online at

We always try to follow meetings like these, but we're paying extra close attention this time because our president and CEO, Helene Gayle, is a forum co-chair (see photo below). I think it's the first time the head of an NGO has chaired the forum. I could be wrong. Regardless, it's an honor.

The event is getting more international press than usual because one of the attendees is Nobel laureate and newly-elected parliamentarian Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar. It's her first trip outside Myanmar since 1988. In an interview with Voice of America, Dr. Gayle called Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's presence incredibly significant and an opportunity to improve her country's dialogue with the rest of the region. Forum attendee and Accenture Development Partnerships Executive Director Gib Bulloch described her slightly differently, dubbing her the "Davos man's answer to Lady Gaga."

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