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
Mariana Vasconcelos is the Chief Executive Officer of Agrosmart, a technology pioneer alumni of the World Economic Forum and serves as an advisory board member at Thought For Food, Fundação Espaço ECO (BASF) and Instituto Interamericano de Cooperação para a Agricultura (IICA). She is a climate activist and an expert in digital agriculture, considered one of the most influential people in Latin America by Bloomberg Linea. An advocate for gender equality, she was recognized by Globant with a "Women That Build" award in the game-changer category. With a business background and degrees from UNIFEI, LSE and Singularity University, she was also recognized as an Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review, Forbes 30 Under 30 Brasil and Fast Company world's 100 Most Creative in Business.
Gregg Treinish is the Founder and Executive Director of Adventure Scientists, an organization that has helped the scientific community design, build and execute on field data collection 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 4 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.
Ugyen Dorji is the Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan. From November 2018 to September 2021, he was the Minister of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan. He was elected to the National Assembly of Bhutan in 2018 after working five years in the ministry of foreign affairs.
Diploma in communication and new media. She started as Assistant, new media, Euro agency RSCG. Journalist for Yahoo.fr. Editorial Director of a news agency. Founder and President of the network “Mom works”. Deputy to the Mayor of Le Mans, Mr Jean-Claude Boulard. Responsible of the department Gender Parity of the Party En Marche!. Community Advisor, representative French Tech at Le Mans Métropole.
2016, joined the government as Advisor for the economic competitiveness and technological innovation; and then joined the Minister of Family, Children and Rights for Women. Since May 2017, current position.
Author of numerous articles on the gender parity. Wrote numerous papers, researches and books.
Krasna Cham is the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Soma Group, believing private sector to be an effective means to influence development in Cambodia and acting as an active proponent of gender equality and female leadership in the corporate sector of ASEAN. She represents a new generation of leadership in Cambodia and is outspoken on female representation in the corporate world. As CEO of one of Cambodia’s leading locally owned companies, Krasna manages the corporate direction and strategy of the group aiming at high impact sector toward the development of Cambodia.
Joice Toyota is a rising entrepreneur whose pioneering work in social innovation is helping boost civic engagement among Brazil's youth. As the founder of Vetor Brasil, she has helped select and develop hundreds of young public management leaders across Brazil's 27 states. Her organization has received numerous awards and attracted attention from nationwide media as one of the most promising and scalable initiatives to support the consolidation of Brazilian public institutions.
Lucy McRae is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios that confound the boundaries between the natural and artificial; inventing iconic artworks that take people beyond the expectations of themselves. Trained in classical ballet and interior design, her approach is to influence culture by exploring scientific breakthroughs relating to health and the human body, while providing a feminine point of view on emerging technology. Inventor of Swallowable Parfum, Lucy is recognised as an early identifier of emerging technologies that drive product innovation. Lucy led Philips Electronics far–future research lab, developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. She has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel and Aesop on the cultural impacts that emerging technologies will have on future lifestyles. McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body, throwing into question "What makes us Human"? She has spoken and taught masterclasses on the impact technology has on human nature at TED, WIRED Health, Royal Albert Hall, London’s College of Physicians, Tribeca, Cannes Lion and most recently at MIT’s Being Material conference in 2017. McRae’s award-winning artworks have been develo and exhibited at London Science Museum, Centre Pompidou and Venice Biennale.
Larry Madowo is an International Correspondent at CNN based in Nairobi. He is also a regular fill-in anchor who has presented CNN International programs from Atlanta and Dubai. He was previously a North America Correspondent for the BBC based in Washington, DC. He covered the summer of protests following the murder of George Floyd, the 2020 US presidential election and the inauguration of Joe Biden. He also anchored BBC World News America, a flagship program that is also syndicated on PBS stations across the US.
Madowo previously served as the BBC Africa Business Editor, where he oversaw the launch of six syndicated shows in three languages and managed more than two dozen business journalists based in London and four African countries.
Before joining the BBC he worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he anchored the business channel's daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg. Madowo has a master's in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.
Lily Sarafan is CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA), where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with nearly 10,000 employees. HCA is the largest premium provider of in-home care for seniors in North America. Lily is also a board member and investor for innovative companies, serving as a board director at Thumbtack and at Counsyl through its acquisition by Myriad Genetics.
Lily serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Freeman Spogli Institute Council, and the Stanford Undergraduate Cabinet. She is also Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative. An appointee to the California Governor's Alzheimer's Task Force, Lily serves in various other leadership roles to advance economic development, civic engagement, and precision health.
Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.