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.
Discover how science and technology are being brought together to help those affected by paralysis walk.
Greenland Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Greenland to observe first-hand the effects of climate change.
Explore the annual awards programme that celebrates, showcases and promotes circular economy innovation.
Discover a community of strategic philanthropists who use their resources to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide.
Kakuma Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Kakuma in Kenya to help refugees gain access to the global economy.
Meet our members
Umra Omar received her bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology at Oberlin in 2006. After receiving a master’s degree and starting a career in Washington, D.C., Omar returned to her native country and during a visit to her childhood community on the islands of the Kenya-Somalia border, she learned about a medical aid project that had been abandoned because of the security concerns. That’s when Omar founded Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides free basic (and potentially life-saving) medical services, youth community health trainings and civic engagement for women. In 2016 Omar was selected as a CNN Hero, and in 2017, she was recognised as the 2017 UN Person of the Year.
A global economist who focuses on geopolitics and investing, Alexis Crow provides insights on capital allocation and long-term investment. She covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. She is a public speaker on the global macroeconomic environment and the geopolitical landscape, with a focus on sectors including real estate and infrastructure, environmental, social and governance (ESG), energy, technology and consumers. She leads a team of experts, with a focus on developing their expertise in macroeconomic analysis, geopolitical investing, developing client relationships, and using data visualization tools to guide investment decisions. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School and with the Global Business and Economics programme at the Atlantic Council, focussing on income inequality, ESG and the environment, and economic empowerment of women. She mentors young women and young men who are seeking their purpose and to foster their careers in business and policy. She also volunteers in New York City with Santa Egidio, participates at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral as reader, and works to support professional people seeking a richer spiritual life St Patrick's Cathedral, along with addressing issues such as immigration and income inequality.
Geoffrey is the co-founder and CEO of Poko, a Y-Combinator backed startup focused on building web3-native companies (or DAOs) to power the next generation of investors, entrepreneurs and creators. Geoffrey founded Choson Exchange which has trained 3000 North Koreans in entrepreneurship, economic policy and law over a decade. Over more than a decade, Geoffrey built the leading grassroots-led organization driving economic change in North Korea. His work exposed a generation of Koreans to international practices, and contributed to enterprise reform, Special Economic Zones establishment and legal reforms. His work was written up as a Harvard Business School case study which he teaches to Harvard MBA students. Geoffrey also works in the financial inclusion and technology space with blockchain and AI, leading the Digital Identity business at credit scoring startup Trusting Social and scaling unbanked and underbanked users from 0 to 4M during COVID19. Geoffrey is involved with the World Economic Forum as a Global Future Council member, Consortium on Digital Currency Governance member, and Digital ASEAN taskforce member (payments/data). During his work at Choson Exchange, Geoffrey had two near death experiences. Geoffrey graduated from Yale University and the Wharton School and was an exchange student at Tsinghua University.
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Rhea is a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ (YGL) and a member of the CII National Committee on Women Empowerment & Clean Air. Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Prior to founding Ecoware, Rhea was a senior sales executive at Pfizer Inc., UK .
From the UK, Rhea moved to India where she founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. One of Rhea’s greatest successes has been persuading the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to Ecoware biodegradables trays. Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Salesforce and the National Commission for Women in India.
Former Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh, India. One of the youngest ministers in the country. Is passionate about cultivating a robust business-friendly environment and accelerating technology penetration and rural development.
Angela Baker is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm where she oversees all corporate responsibility and ESG programming. This includes the company's climate strategy and net-zero emissions by 2040 goal as well as several other ESG 2025 targets. She also manages all social impact programs, including Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached over 20 million beneficiaries. The team also includes strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.
Pradip Pariyar is a pioneering advocate for the equality and social justice. He is currently the Executive Chairperson of the Samata Foundation, a leading think tank and advocacy organization for the Dalit (so-called Untouchables) and marginalized people. Prior, Pariyar served as President of the Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON) and as a Member of the high-level National Youth Policy and Youth Vision 2025 Task Force at the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Nepal. He received a Youth Leadership Award for his contributions and had been recognized internationally for his work by Asia 21 Young Leaders and with an IMF/World Bank Fellowship.
Noura Selim is executive director of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development. Prior to this position, Selim worked at McKinsey & Company in New York, Dubai and Cairo. At McKinsey, Selim served public and private sector clients, particularly on healthcare and education topics. Selim has been involved in leading the implementation of a large-scale transformation in technical education and training, focused on improving performance and employment outcomes, as well as leading a healthcare reform programme aimed at increasing access and quality of care. Selim holds a master's in business administration from Harvard Business School, a master’s in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSc in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude. Selim currently serves as treasurer on the board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and treasurer of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), representing the Sawiris Foundation on the AFF Board of Directors.
Edward "Smitty" Smith has emerged as a rising star in the technology and telecommunications policy arenas.
A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he translated his academic success into professional success as a corporate attorney at one of the world’s largest law firms, Hogan Lovells. While in private practice as a corporate lawyer, Smitty advised clients and helped close over $40 billion worth of merger transactions for publicly traded companies.
Smitty left his firm to join the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. After the campaign, Smitty served as Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Inauguration Committee and joined the Obama Administration.
At the Department of Commerce, Smitty spearheaded national broadband programs that generated critical data about broadband availability and capability and leveraged technology to create new economic opportunities for millions of Americans. After an emergency detail to the Economic Development Administration, where he led teams developing economic response strategies in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Smitty joined the Federal Communications Commission where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for a special technology taskforce
Smitty left the FCC to run in the first election for Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Though he lost in a hotly contested race, Smitty received over 35,000 votes citywide and gained the endorsements of nearly every major union and labor organization in the District.
Smitty entered local government and served in the Mayor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.He then returned to the FCC as Legal Advisor to the Chairman.
Smitty is now a Partner at the international law firm of DLA Piper, where he advises clients on a broad range of telecommunications and technology issues in countries around the globe.