Who we are

The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.

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Meet our members

Edward Santow

Professor - Responsible Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Edward Santow is Australia's Human Rights Commissioner. Ed's current work focuses especially on protecting the basic rights of refugees & asylum seekers; promoting responsible innovation in technology; human rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; the protection of the basic rights of people who are detained, including through the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); freedom of religion and human rights issues related to terrorism. Prior to becoming Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education. Ed is a lawyer and former academic. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales Law School.

Nicole Vogrin

Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer, Western Union, USA

Nicole Vogrin is the first in her family to complete higher secondary education and earn a university degree. As the leader of Western Union's Corporate Relations and Corporate Affairs team, she has built a diverse department to positively address issues like migration and the marginalization of populations without digital access.

Katherine Maher

Chief Executive Officer, Wikimedia Foundation, USA

An unusual technology executive; balances the demands of a mission-based volunteer non-profit with the realities of running one of the world's most popular consumer platforms. A bold voice for equity and opportunity, with a long background as an outspoken advocate for human rights; work focuses on the transformative, and often socially disruptive, nature of new technologies. Passionate about finding the commonalities in our interconnected and interdependent human experience.

Gregg Treinish

Executive Director, Adventure Scientists, USA

Gregg Treinish is the Founder and Executive Director of Adventure Scientists, an organization that has helped the scientific community design, build and execute on projects that address long-standing environmental threats. By galvanizing a global network of trained outdoor specialist volunteers, his work has enabled authorities to prosecute illegal loggers, created the largest dataset on Earth for microplastics pollution, advanced a new suite of interventions against antibiotic resistant superbugs, and doubled crop yields without fertilizers across 3 million acres of land.

Gregg became a National Geographic Explorer after becoming the first to trek the length of the Andes Mountain Range on a journey that covered more than 12,500km in just under two years.

Ambarish Mitra

Co-Founder, Greyparrot, United Kingdom

Active private investor in the fields of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, foodtech and genomics. He started his tech career in 1997 as a 17 year old high school drop-out creating a web portal to empower women in India. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.

Ambarish has been widely recognized for pioneering work in the field of augmented reality and computer vision. Named UK Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (2016) and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Appointed a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum in 2017

Gunhild Anker Stordalen

Founder and President, EAT Foundation, Norway

MD and PhD in Pathology/Orthopedic Surgery, University of Oslo. Founder and Chair, Stordalen Foundation. Founder & Executive Chair, EAT Foundation. Gunhild sits on several boards and advises on councils including the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Food Systems, REQ Capital Advisory Board, the UNICEF’s Advisory Group, member of Africa Europe Women Leaders Network, and the international advisory board of the SRC. In addition, Gunhild is an ambassador for Friends of Ocean action, a member of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) for the Blue Economy, A HELENA member, and a part of the International Leadership Committee for a Net Zero NHS.

In 2020, Gunhild was appointed to a a leading role at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. She is the Chair of the Summit’s Action Track 2: Shifting to Healthy and Sustainable Consumption Patterns, with a wide mandate to build a broad, multistakeholder coalition around this key challenge and opportunity, and leveraging the EAT platform to the full.

Jean-Jacques Barbéris

Member of the Executive Committee; Co-Head, Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi Asset Management, France

Jean-Jacques Barbéris is a former economic adviser to the president of the French Republic. He is currently responsible for the global development of the institutional business at Amundi, a European leader in asset management. He is also chairman of En Temps Réel, a think tank dedicated to social sciences and the future development of the European Union.

David Sin

Co-Founder, Group President and Deputy Chairman, Fullerton Health, Singapore

Co-Founder, Group President and Deputy Chairman of Fullerton Healthcare Corporation. A champion of sustainable healthcare, dedicated to finding concrete solutions to make healthcare across Asia-Pacific more accessible and affordable. A leading force in Fullerton Health’s growing presence, expanding the group from its Singapore roots to across eight markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Formerly, Chief Executive Officer, SIN Capital Group. Experience in investment banking and special situations investing at Goldman Sachs and AIG Investment Corporation earlier on in career. Champion of health and education equality. Co-founded and Chairman, Fullerton Health Foundation, which offers complimentary health screenings and medication for chronic disease patients. Was instrumental in developing partnerships with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Doctors Without Borders and the Shared Value Project, to augment impact and improve health outcomes for disadvantaged communities in Asia. 2009, founded SIN Capital Group to provide value-added capital and create long-term impact in areas that impact everyday life like healthcare, real estate and education. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. Member, Harvard Business School Global Leaders Circle. BA in Accounting and Finance, Manchester University; MBA, Harvard Business School.

Thomas Saueressig

Member of the Executive Board, SAP Product Engineering, SAP, Germany

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.
Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.
Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.
Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).