David Sangokoya is the Head of Civil Society Impact at the World Economic Forum. Based in Geneva, he is responsible for the Forum’s engagement and inclusion of nonprofits, marginalized communities, labour unions, activists, indigenous leaders, social movements and civil society across its Centres and multi-stakeholder initiatives. In his role David drives the Forum's stakeholder inclusion agenda and accelerates the impact of over 120 civil society partnerships across the Forum's Centres on climate and nature action; industry transformation; social justice and inclusive economies; technology; and geopolitics. He additionally oversees the Global Future Councils on Human Rights, Social Cohesion and Just Transition; the Partnering with Civil Society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution initiative; and co-founded both the Forum’s internal Black and LGBTQI+ employee resource groups. David sits on the board of WINGS, a network of over 170 philanthropy development and support organizations across 57 countries committed to ensuring philanthropy reaches its fullest potential as a catalyst for social progress.
With over ten years of experience in research and global project management, David has worked at the intersection of social justice, sustainable development and responsible digital transformation. Prior to the Forum, David led research and multi-stakeholder collaborations on data responsibility and governance of data sharing and artificial intelligence at Data-Pop Alliance, a global coalition created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute. He previously worked as a data for good research fellow at the Governance Lab, and on transitional justice and humanitarian innovation research with community organizations, social enterprises and think tanks in conflict affected countries in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. He graduated with an MPA in international program management and operations from New York University and a BA with honors in international relations from Stanford University.