Meta Shapers is a global community of thought leaders and industry specialists who are shaping the narrative around Web3.
Sharad Agarwal is the Chief Metaverse Officer at Cyber Gear, specializing in translating business cases into Web3 solutions. With expertise in crafting brand strategies that converge physical and digital experiences, he helps businesses navigate and future-proof their presence in the metaverse.
In addition to consulting, he provides valuable advice to e-commerce and meta startups, guiding them in fundraising efforts and forming strategic global partnerships.
With a strategic communications career in Arabia spanning 43-years, London-raised Susan Furness crossed the bridge from career to vocation in 2017 committed to fusing strategy with spirituality in support of leaders seeking to Be decisively human in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) – the digital age.
It’s not surprising to learn she is already stirring Web3 and Metaverse Conversations via Meta Shapers - Your community for Metaverse, Web3, NFTs & more (meta-shapers.com) taking the combo across the metaphorical bridge to curate inclusive New World Business Modelling for the ‘new paradigm’.
As an alternative life-long learner, Susan appreciates STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) but she moots STEAM to add the Arts, and is now championing STEAMS, with the extra S for Spirituality, timely as we bridge our inclusive, decentralised life in the Immersive Economy. She calls this Betrothed, the marriage between Strategy and Spirituality in life, in the boardroom, and just perfect as we walk the road less travelled to Web3.
Dr. Jane Thomason
Dr. Jane Thomason is the Founder of Web3 Institute and Emeritus Chair of the World Metaverse Council and a globally recognized thought leader on Metaverse, Blockchain and Web3.
She was recently honored by AIBC Eurasia as "Web 3 Leader of the Year."
She holds distinguished roles on the editorial boards of "The Journal of Metaverse" and "Frontiers in Blockchain" and is an Industry Associate at University College London, Centre for Blockchain.
She is the author of "Blockchain for Global Social Change," "Applied Ethics in a Digital World," and "Advancements in the New World of Web 3: A Look Toward the Decentralized Future". Dr. Jane was named as one of "8 Metaverse experts to follow," "top 100 women in Web 3 and Metaverse," and "Top 25 Women in Fintech and Blockchain, MENA" and was featured by CNN in their series on the Metaverse "Decoding the Secrets of the Metaverse."
Acclaimed as one of the Top 50 Business & Marketing Visionaries and a prominent figure in Strong Women in IT, she adeptly merges her deep knowledge in Web3 technology with a fervent dedication to public service.
Boasting over three decades of local government innovation experience, she provides a distinctive perspective on leveraging technology to improve community life.
Her tenure as a CEO within the UK's local government has equipped her with valuable insights into the public sector, enabling her to effectively utilize Web3 tools to enhance citizen lives. Alison's significant contributions to transformative policies have notably advanced citizen well-being.
In 2021, Alison co-founded Metacampus, a forward-thinking Web3 startup aimed at societal betterment through Web3 tools. As a Professional Development Hub, Metacampus enhances digital competencies across various sectors. Its mission is to foster a decentralized digital society, prioritizing privacy, fairness, and meritocracy. Beyond business goals, Metacampus is committed to community enrichment, ensuring that everyone in our ecosystem, from staff and subscribers to partners and investors, shares in our collective financial success.
In 2023, Alison Alexander pioneered ‘GPT GovWeb3AI,’ & ‘GPT FairHire AI’ innovative tools developed aimed at empowering the public sector to harness AI for enhancing citizen welfare and securing fair hiring in employment practices. Further demonstrating her dedication to leveraging advanced technologies for societal improvement, reinforcing her status as a visionary leader at the convergence of technology and public service.
Dr. Annelize Booysen
Dr Annelize Booysen is one of the Top 100 Women of the Future in Emerging Tech and the founder-architect of Your Global Village, a Web3-aligned global business community modeled as a virtual medieval walled city.
She considers herself an avid advocate for small businesses, working to ensure that they too benefit from Web 3 and the metaverse, even on a small budget.
A global citizen, having lived in 9 countries on 4 continents, she's used her international perspective and a background in economics, consulting and post-graduate teaching to create an engaged, hyper-personal community. Here time-strapped entrepreneurs prepare for the future of business by systematically learning about and integrating Web3 and AI into their businesses, without complexity or having to do it alone. With the Village signature program, Web3Edge and an immersive village experience, SMBs get to reposition themselves to ensure they not only remain relevant, but also thrive in this decade of change.
Amna Usman Chaudhry
Amna Usman Chaudhry is a financial economist and strategist for frontier technologies such as Blockchain, Generative AI and Web 3.0. She is a lecturer with teaching experience in London & Dubai.
Amna is a Founder and Board Member, working with many influential global organizations, including the United Nations. She is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as sustainability. Amna has been listed by Innovate Finance on the Women in Fintech Powerlist as the Standout 45, is the Global Winner of the Woman in Web 3.0 Award and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women of the Future.
Sunil is a Web3 fashion pioneer and a Technology Advisor for Global Apparel & Fashion industry for almost 4 decades now. He has been providing digital transformation & consultative solutions for achieving outstanding performances in the global fashion ecosystem.
He had been an Educationist in his early years and had been lecturing at NIFT-India, IIT-India, FIT-New York, London & Paris Schools of Fashion and has been presenting at multiple conferences, fairs & events around the world.
Since 1985, he has been advising hundreds of global brands & manufacturers on technology upgradation in 50+ countries and moved to the AI & Web3 digital fashion space for last three years. He is also helping several Fashion Tech Companies to achieve their global reach & growth.
Ever since, he has been creating Experiential Commerce & Collaboration solutions and helping his clients plan on Digital strategies & define paths of growth for the future and adopting new technologies. Sunil has grown his start-up Trace Network in UAE, India, France, UK, USA & Singapore. He is also taking his revolutionary web3 solution concepts from fashion into beauty, lifestyle, advertising & entertainment industries.
He has also been mentoring several global start-ups & innovative fashion tech projects with universities & institutes and is involved with his customers to better their global growth, productivity, efficiency & profitability. He is reputed as an outcome focused business leader who builds strong relationships with business organizations and is driving diverse technology strategies to attain cost and quality goals and deliver millions in positive financial impact.
Sunil is a post grade in Business Management & Information Technology.