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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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
In 2015, Gadeer was selected to host the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s daily newscast in Arabic, and in 2017 she began anchoring its main Hebrew Saturday evening newscast, as well as a nightly newscast, becoming the first non-Jewish female anchor to broadcast the main evening news in the Hebrew language in Israel.
In April 2019, Kamal-Mreeh was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White party, making history as the first Druze woman to become a Member of the Knesset. During her tenure, she chaired the Caucus for Planning, Zoning and Industrial Areas, and the Caucus for the Advancement of Druze Women. She was a member of the Interior and Environment Committee, the Advancement of Women’s Status and Gender Equality Committee, and of the special committee for fighting crime within the Arab sector. Kamal Mreeh co-chaired the Israel-Germany friendship group and chaired the Israel-Switzerland parliamentary friendship group. Kamal-Mreeh holds a degree with honors from Bar-Ilan University in Medical Imaging and Social Sciences, and a master’s degree with honors in International Relations from Haifa University, specializing in negotiations and making decisions in international relations.
After deciding to take a time-out from politics, Kamal-Mreeh became in 2021 the Jewish Agency’s first senior Druze emissary to the U.S. Based in Washington D.C. Gadeer is a “Munich Young Leaders” Alumni and, in 2021, was chosen by the “World Economic Forum” as one of the young global leaders. In the same year, Gadeer was also awarded the "Knight of Government Quality" by “The Movement for Quality Government in Israel.”
Kamal-Mreeh was born and lived in the Druze village, Daliyat al-Carmel. She is married to Shadi and a mother of two children, Tom and Liam.Gadeer enjoys cooking, creation, nature, and quality time with her family, which is the key to her pure happiness. Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh’s personal and professional journey makes her a powerful embodiment of Israeli society’s diversity and complexity.
Cal Henderson is an experienced technology leader, having previously built and led the engineering team at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo. He was a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and many others.
Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, global security strategist and a women's rights advocate. She is currently Global Policy and Advocacy Health Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. She also founded the women's rights organization Voice of Libyan Women in 2011, at the age of 21. Her TED Talk, What My Religion Really Says About Women, has been viewed nearly 6 million times. In 2016, Murabit became Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, providing thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security, and later founded CO-AGENCY, an accelerator for emerging women's leadership in security, health, peacebuilding and policy. A two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Murabit is the recipient of more than 100 honours and awards, including the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Top 20 of the World's Most Influential People in Gender Policy, BBC 100 Women, Forbes 30 Under 30, CNN Leaders You Should Know, Nelson Mandela International Changemaker Award, and Harvard Law's Women Inspiring Change. She is an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow and serves on the board of the Malala Fund. Murabit received an MD from the University of Zawia in Libya and an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Henry Motte-Muñoz is the Founder of Edukasyon.ph, the largest EdTech platform in the Philippines empowering more than 8 million students each year with advice, soft skills training and academic support. He got his MBA from Harvard Business School, and previously worked at Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs. Henry’s work has been recognized by global and regional organizations including the WEF (YGL Class of 2020), Financial Times and IFC (Transformational Business Award 2017), Forbes (30 Under 30 Asia 2016) and Asia Society (21 Young Leaders 2015).
Katherine Maher is an internationally experienced CEO and Executive Director and an expert in leading global institutions through transformational change, often in good governance and democracy, civil and human rights, information and media, and international development and foreign policy. She is culturally fluent and always curious.
She was most recently the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites. As CEO she was responsible for more than 1 billion monthly users and a global volunteer force of nearly 300,000 people in more than 75 countries. She managed an annual budget of $140 million, more than 500 staff in 40 countries, and 100+ global chapter organizastions. Under her leadership, Wikipedia attained the highest public trust in the institution’s history, defined an expansive strategic direction for the future, and generated user new growth for the first time in a decade, with a particular emphasis on demographic diversity and new markets. During this time, both Katherine and Wikimedia were vocal and prominent public champions of the rights to freedom of expression, inquiry, and privacy.
Today Katherine is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves in various advisory and board director roles. She is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, where she advises the Secretary of State on the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights. She also serves as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a security fellow at the Truman National Security Project. She is on the board of directors for System.com, a trustee of the American University of Beirut, and a director of Consumer Reports and the Digital Public Library of America.
Lucy leads customer innovation across EMEA & APJ for Microsoft. This involves working with Microsoft's biggest customers to curated, pioneer and accelerate value cross their digital transformations. Lucy is an experienced facilitator of C-suites and Boards and an expert in the growth playbook corporate's need to undertake. Additionally, she writes often, is a seasoned panelist, speaker and moderator, including leading stages at TEDx, Cannes Lions and other notable events. Lucy is a mentor and advisor to female founders and organisations on a wide-range of topics from generational diversity in leadership to business building and governance.
Elisa Vegas founded the first orchestra aimed at improving quality of life of Venezuelans through music and cultural change. She is a living example of how the arts unify people of very different backgrounds and beliefs.
A vibrant and inspirational leader in Finance and Philanthropy with extensive experience in investments in both public and private sector markets from some of the world's largest Financial Institutions- Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Carlyle Group and Soros Fund. For over a decade, Anulika has developed extensive experience globally, notably in the fields of private equity and venture capital investing. She believes in the ability to drive change at scale through socially and environmentally oriented business having led inclusive investment portfolios across EMEA with sectoral focus across financial inclusion, renewables, healthcare, education and widening access to other basic services for marginalised populations. Her philanthropic work with young people in the United Kingdom over the past 15 years has also gained widespread recognition. As an advocate for economic justice and social mobility, she currently Chairs the Board of University of East London- London's most diverse and inclusive university by race and socioeconomic status. She is also the Founder of the Sequoia Platform- a social mobility engine for ethnic minority and disadvantaged youth in the United Kingdom, geared towards creating educational and employment opportunities in the United Kingdom. Anulika has an MEng in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford.
Emily Serazin is a Managing Director and Partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Emily is a core member of BCG’s Health Care and Social Impact practices. Within health care, Emily’s focus is on vaccines and global health across the value chain. She also has expertise in digital health and in the formation and optimization of public-private partnerships. Examples of Emily's experience in the commercial health care sector include developing growth and product launch strategies for players in the global vaccines market, leading due diligences, and supporting post-merger integrations. In the realm of global public health, Emily has worked across leading global health institutions such as Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to define investment strategies, coordinate multi-stakeholder efforts, prioritize portfolios, and identify key levers to drive uptake in low- and middle-income countries. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emily has worked extensively with public, private and social sector actors to accelerate the development and deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.