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
Emily Kirsch is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures. Powerhouse is a company that connects startups, corporations, and investors building the future of energy and mobility. Powerhouse Ventures is a fund that invests in startups changing the way we power our world. Global corporations partner with Powerhouse to engage with cutting-edge clean energy and mobility startups via founder scouting, executive visits, and customized innovation services.
Emily serves on the Investor Advisory Board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Emily served on the World Economic Forums Advanced Energy Technologies Council and was selected as a 2019 Young Global Leader. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg, The Guardian, TechCrunch, and The New York Times.
Mohammed H. Al Ghanim is Chief Executive Officer of Hamad S. Al-Ghanim & Sons Group, a family-owned business, where he leads a group of companies to develop the best practices in the engineering field required to solve imminent and longstanding infrastructure problems. Coming from a background of youth leadership and activism having served on several international youth advisory councils, including the UN Population Fund, Al Ghanim actively seeks to re-examine the business proposition from being purely a profit-generating institution to one that addresses society’s problem as a whole. Al-Ghanim holds a BA from Tufts University in Massachusetts and an MA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in Political Science.
Sangu is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CarePoint (formerly Africa Health Holdings), a tech forward healthcare network serving over 1 million patients across 65+ facilities in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya, with a vision to "build Africa's healthcare future." He is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of Golden Palm Investments Corporation, whose portfolio companies, including Andela, Flutterwave and mPharma, have raised over $1.2 billion in venture financing. Sangu co-founded CleanAcwa, a water and sanitation non-profit that has worked in 160 communities in Ghana impacting over 200,000 people. Sangu serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards including Harvard University's Board of Overseers, the Peddie School, Ashesi University, Ghana International School, Harvard University's Center for African Studies, Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. Sangu graduated with highest honors in African Studies and Economics from Harvard College, a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and a PhD in Economic Anthropology and African Studies from the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is the author of "Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa." He is a TED Fellow, a Tutu Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow.
Mei Mei Hu
Mei Mei is the CEO of Vaxxinity and a member of the executive committee of United Biomedical, Inc. She oversaw the launch of one of the first endobody vaccines in the world and the successful spin-out of three companies. Mei Mei was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Company where she advised pharmaceutical companies on strategic, operational and organizational issues. Prior to that, Mei Mei was in the Securities group at Cravath, Swaine and Moore. Mei Mei is also co-founder of an investment and advisory group with active investments in real estate, energy and life sciences. She was named to Time 100 Next list, Fortune 40 under 40, and Young Global Leaders of World Economic Forum. She holds a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
A successful former professional Paralympic swimmer who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning six medals across both Games including gold in the 50m Butterfly in Rio and 5 bronze medals. Susie has won 30 international medals throughout her career at all levels of competition, 17 of them gold. Susie is an expert adviser for global clients on disability inclusion and currently works for the UK Government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion. She has advised on a number of projects of over £4bn investments in companies around the world, pioneering new inclusive approaches, designs, thought leadership and strategy to ensure no one is left behind in international development. She is an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council. Susie has a degree from Newcastle University in Modern Languages, holds a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership. She recently completed executive education courses at Stanford University, Harvard Kennedy School and Cambridge Judge Business School. Susie is a sought-after public speaker, podcast guest and has hosted and spoken on panels and individually at events including at Davos, for academic and education institutions, INGOs, gender diversity conferences (SHE conference) and at summits in both the public and private sectors. She is an experienced non-executive director and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Panel at Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, which funds projects promoting wellbeing in communities through social cohesion, volunteering, the arts and physical and mental well-being in the UK. She previously chaired a sub-committee for an organization leading high profile cases and successful pro bono investigations into athlete welfare and safeguarding in the UK elite sport system. She is a patron of various charities and an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and recently created a series of paintings of marine life which have been sold as prints to raise money for UK marine conservation efforts. She is passionate about education, inclusion, climate change and ocean conservation. She was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen.
Serene Chen Huijing
Serene is one of the youngest senior global leaders in financial markets. She is Global co-Head of Emerging Markets Sales for Deutsche Bank, in addition to running Fixed Income and Currencies for clients in Asia Pacific. A regular speaker at global conferences, she has been a driving force behind the innovation and digitization of market risk and technology solutions to help client organizations unlock value and increase efficiencies. Serene is a leading advocate for women in business and has been instrumental in supporting women’s leadership in the industry, actively working to help empower, mentor and build confidence in women.
Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
H.E Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Trade in July 2020 to oversee the development of non-oil foreign trade and the expansion of global trade partnerships and increase Exports. In addition to supervising the portfolio of retaining and attracting the best talents and competencies serving the strategic orientation of the UAE, His Excellency also leads the efforts to enhance the UAE’s investment climate in order to achieve the country’s economic interests and strategic goals, thereby strengthening its position as a prime destination for business and investments at both regional and global levels.
Prior to his appointment as the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, H.E held the position of Minister of Climate Change and Environment and supervised the implementation of the country’s strategies at the domestic level, for environment and climate action, agricultural development, animal husbandry and fisheries, in addition to combating desertification and preserving biodiversity leading to enhance the sustainability of natural systems, food diversity and the transition to a green economy.
Through diverse Global participations, HE led the UAE’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to the repercussions of climate change, and protect the country's natural ecosystem by developing and implementing a set of effective policies and initiatives to achieve sustainable development at both regional and international levels and by strengthening existing and new partnerships with the government and private sectors that are capable of increasing the contribution of environment, agricultural, livestock and fisheries sectors to ensuring food security and biosafety in the country as well as increasing the quality of national production.
Previously and after he served as the Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E Al Zeyoudi was appointed as the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as extraordinary Ambassador.
Minister Al Zeyoudi started his career as an oil engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), and then moved to Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), where he worked on the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and solutions, and also played a key role in the success of the UAE’s 2009 campaign to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the capital City, Abu Dhabi.
In 2020, HE. was chosen by the Davos World Economic Forum to become a member of the Young Global Leadership Council affiliated with the Forum, recognizing his outstanding international efforts in the field of environment and climate. In 2015, Dr. Al Zeyoudi received the first award for Excellence from the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of renewable energy.
H.E Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi holds a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, an MBA in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and a PhD in Strategy, Program and Project Management from Skema Business School in France.
Sébastien Kadio-Morokro is one of the youngest CEOs in the African oil and gas industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Pétro Ivoire SA, the largest indigenous petroleum product distribution company in Côte d’Ivoire. He is on the Board of Directors at Pétro Ivoire SA and Société Africaine D’Entreposage De Produits Pétroliers SA. Since taking over as CEO in 2010, Sébastien led the company through a significant growth and diversification strategy, which resulted in seeing the company double its turnover in less than 5 years.
Co-Founder & CEO of Whyise, Founding Partner of Kaamen
Reem Khouri is passionate about impact. She is the co-founder and CEO of Whyise, an impact analytics software solution that allows organizations to aggregate their data and analyze it for exponential impact as well as map their operations against international frameworks such as the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and comply with frameworks such as IFC ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) standards and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) among others. They are also leveraging Artificial intelligence to understand the variables affecting impact in an evidence-based manner and blockchain infrastructure to generate impact based smart contracts.
She is also the founding partner of Kaamen, an impact design company that has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with governments, companies and NGOs to design models for exponential economic and social returns.
She served on numerous boards and is an associate at 3BL Associates, a people + planet strategy consultancy and is a faculty member at Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya and is a board member of Ruwwad for Development, a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing.
She previously worked with Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation solutions providers and served on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO Fadi Ghandour on sustainability, strategic initiatives, research and support for entrepreneurs.
She was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.