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

Alberto de Belaunde

Congressman, Congress of Peru, Peru

Alberto is a congressman of the Republic of Peru, elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020 with the second highest vote in the country. He currently chairs the Congressional Climate Change Commission. Alberto is a lawyer, with a master's degree in territorial planning and environmental management. He also works as a university professor. He has published two books related to his parliamentary work.

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.

James Rogers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Apeel Sciences, USA

James Rogers is Founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, a company fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing advances in materials science to prevent waste in the first place Dr. Rogers was the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award in polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. Recently, he was recognize d by EatingWell Magazine as an American Food Hero.

Vivek Salgaocar

Director, Vimson Group, Singapore

Vivek Salgaocar is a Director at the Vimson Group, a family-owned conglomerate with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services. The group is also actively involved in philanthropic initiatives, particularly in healthcare and sports. Within the Minerals Division at the Vimson Group, Salgaocar oversees sales, marketing and trading, along with global business development and expansion, and is based in Singapore. He is also Co-Founder of Prospect Mining Studio, which supports start-ups and innovators as they build, pilot and scale frontier technologies to address the biggest challenges facing the natural resource and mining industries in a sustainable and socially responsible way.

Vivek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA summa cum laude, from Emory University. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2020. Vivek is a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Business Program at Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Singapore Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He serves as the Group’s representative to the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Samuel Alemayehu

Managing Director, Cambridge Industries, USA

Mr. Samuel Alemayehu started his career in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur launching two companies from his college dorm room. He first got introduced to venture capital at Venrock Associates, where he focused on consumer media services. He moved to Africa in 2009, founding and investing in numerous companies across the continent and in a range of industries. He built a mobile gaming platform in 18 countries with over 50m customers before exiting the startup in 2013. He also created Sen Sante in partnership with leading investment banks to help develop large health infrastructures in Africa.
He co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd to accelerate the implementation of pioneering infrastructure projects in emerging cities. He oversaw the construction of the first municipal waste-to-energy Facility in Africa, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a pan-African sustainability city park project with the initial facility built at a cost of USD120m. Each Facility is designed as a multi-purpose plant with numerous functions, including metal recycling, brick production, industrial steam, producing biodegradable plastic, and modern insect farming. Sam has recently invested in commercializing breakthrough technologies through projects in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, DRC, Somaliland, Djibouti, Botswana, Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.
Samuel is an active angel investor globally and sits on the board of numerous companies as an investor. He also sits on three non-profit boards: the Ron Brown Scholars Program, KID Museum, and VC Include. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Fernando Grostein Andrade

Filmmaker, USA

Fernando Grostein Andrade is a Brazilian filmmaker that directed “Abe”, starring Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad). “Abe” has been accepted into 27 festivals, premiering at Sundance and won the Children Jury Award at the 31st Kinder Film Festival in Vienna and the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. The film will be theatrically released in 38 countries in 2020. Fernando has moved to Los Angeles and is represented by Untitled Entertainment. Fernando created and directed Quebrando o Tabu, a film that discusses alternative solutions to the war on drugs featuring 6 chiefs of state, including Jimmy Carter and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The film was distributed in 22 countries and became a 2 season 10-episode TV series, show-run by Fernando and received the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award in Cannes. “Quebrando o Tabu” also spun off into an online media channel with 10 million followers becoming the major human rights internet outlet in Brazil with the biggest engagement rate on facebook among all Brazilian media. Fernando was also one of the idealizers of Carcereiros, a 2017 MIPTV drama award-winning TV series, of which he directed 5 episodes. Fernando was a member of the jury of “É Tudo Verdade" as well as the Netflix Prize for Brazilian cinema. He reactivated a theater group formed by inmates inside a maximum-security penitentiary called “Do Lado de Ca”, later cast in many productions. Fernando co founded “Mapa Educação”, a youth movement that advocates for quality in public education in Brasil and directed the documentary “Wandering Heart”, with Caetano Veloso and special appearances of Almodóvar, Antonioni and Giselle Bündchen. With a growing online presence, Fernando coming out video on YouTube had 250k views and started an online debate about acceptance in Brazil.

Elham Al Qasim

Chief Executive Officer, Digital14, United Arab Emirates

Elham Al Qasim serves as Digital14’s Chief Executive Officer, steering the organisation’s strategic direction, and leading over 1,000 staff in their purpose-driven work to deliver trust in digital so that clients can innovate and fulfil their potential. Prior to joining Digital14, Elham enjoyed a global career with executive roles in investment and asset management. More recently, Elham served as CEO of Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Executive Director of the Ghadan 21 programme at the Abu Dhabi Executive Office where she led the strategic planning for the government’s three-year, AED 50 billion investment programme aimed at accelerating Abu Dhabi’s economy. Prior to this, Elham was a Director of Mubadala Investment Company, focusing on Mubadala’s Technology and Industry portfolio. Her responsibilities included building investment/entry strategy, business development, value creation, and post-acquisition asset management in sectors including Metals & Mining, Semiconductors, and Technology. During this time, Elham also served on the executive leadership team of Emirates Global Aluminium and delivered a two year post merger integration program. Elham has served on a number of boards and is currently a Board Member of Amanat Holdings, AlAin Farms, and the Khalifa Fund, a government-owned SME Fund. Elham’s international career includes JPMorgan Investment Bank, where she was part of the Global Diversified Industrials Team based in London handling M&A transactions in chemicals, metals and mining, and infrastructure. Elham holds an MSc from the School of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Business from the American University in Dubai. In April 2010, Elham became the first Arab woman to ski to the North Pole.

Solveigh Hieronimus

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Germany

Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in Germany. Solveigh leads McKinsey’s global Center for Government (MCG) and predominantly serves clients in the Public Sector on topics covering Education, Employment, Public Health and Public Finance.

She is a leader in McKinsey’s Organization Practice, working on large-scale performance transformations, institutional capability building, and talent and diversity strategies across the private and public sectors worldwide.

Solveigh’s main professional interests lie at the heart of the European Union with all its opportunities and current challenges—supporting both European governments and EU institutions on some of their highest priority topics, including digital and artificial intelligence as well as up-and reskilling strategies.

She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum, serves on the European Commission’s high-level expert panel for the Future of Work, and is a panelist and speaker in a variety of settings, such as the European Parliament, DLD and the Chatham House Conference.

Before joining McKinsey, Solveigh held various positions at the United Nations, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. She studied in Oxford, Madrid, and Paris and has a master’s degree in economics as well as a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. In addition, she holds a master’s in public administration (MPA), with a focus on development finance and security policy, from Columbia University, in New York.

Chen Wu

Professor at the National Cancer Center, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, People's Republic of China

Dr. Chen WU received her MD from China Medical University and PhD from Peking Union Medical College. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and joined the faculty of National Cancer Center and Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. Dr. WU, as a physician-scientist, has been focusing on cancer genetics and functional genomics directed toward a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma transformation and clinical translational applications. Her research achievements include: Leading one of the largest prospective cohort research of esophageal cancer in China with support of newly established biobank and database dedicated for cancer genome evolution research; Systematical identification of cancer susceptible genes and driver genes key to esophageal cancer initiation and development through genome-wide association study and multi-omics sequencing study; Elucidating gene functions and mechanism in carcinogenesis and cancer progression with technologies in molecular oncology, cellular biology and laboratory animal models; Integrating findings from research in pan-squamous cell carcinomas and pan-gastrointestinal cancers and identify ubiquitous target for early cancer prevention and intervention.