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

Esraa Al-Buti

Partner, EY, Saudi Arabia

I joined EY Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 8 years ago and in 2019 became the first-ever woman partner in our Saudi member firm, as well as the youngest ever. Today I lead EY’s Tax Controversy practice in Saudi Arabia. My work at EY includes advising KSA-based large local/multinational groups and family businesses on tax advisory assignments and tax- and zakat-compliance matters. I also provides international tax-structuring advisory services to Saudi Arabian inbound and outbound clients and investors, and have worked on a number of tax due-diligence assignments for private-equity and corporate clients for transactions in Saudi Arabia. I am specialize in projects in the Government and Public Sector (GPS) and lead on many government giga projects. I also serve as a member of the Saudi B20 Task Force I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from King Saud University, with First Class Honours. I am a Certified Public Accountant with membership in the Saudi Organization of Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA). I serve as a board member in the Saudi Accounting Association and Prince Sultan University committee. I also deliver honorary lectures on Taxation at Prince Faisal University.

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Senior Adviser, Amadou Mahtar Mbow Foundation, Senegal

Aminata Kane Ndiaye is a Senior Advisor to the Amadou Mahtar Mbow Association, a board member for Orange Middle East and Africa and an investor in African tech start ups. Until March 2022, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Sierra Leone for 4 years and turned around the company to make it profitable and leader in the market. Prior to this appointment, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for Orange Money in Senegal, a business that has grown exponentially and become profitable in the past two years. From 2009 to 2011, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in France and Africa, designing strategies and operations for telecommunication and technology providers, banks, and consumer goods manufacturers in Europe and West Africa. She is a graduate from HEC Paris, earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a MIT Legatum fellow. In 2017, she was selected as a Young Global Leaders of the Africa-France Foundation.

Li Jia

Adjunct Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Jia Li is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She also serves as an advisor to the UNICEF. She co-founded DawnLight Technologies and served as the founding CEO. She was the Head of R&D at Google Cloud AI. Her org at Google focuses on both research and innovation to solve real world problems and develop the full stack of AI products on Google Cloud to power solutions for diverse industries. Before joining Google, she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort. Before Snap, she led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs. Jia received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She is serving as the Associate Editor of the Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics by Springer and the Computer Vision Foundation Industrial Advisory Board Member. She served as the Program Chair of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2017, Area Chair for ICCV 2017, Industry Relationship Chair in CVPR 2016 and Volunteers Chair in CVPR 2010 in the past. In 2014, she was selected to receive the Super Star award at Yahoo!, the highest award at the company. She was also awarded the Master Inventor Award for her innovations in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Vision, E-Commerce, Product Recommendation and Image Search. She was the leader of the OPTIMOL team, which won the first prize in the Semantic Robotics Vision Challenge sponsored by NSF and AAAI in 2007.

Francesca Chia

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GoGet, Malaysia

Francesca Chia is the Co-Founder and CEO of GoGet, an on demand workforce technology platform that connects businesses to trust and reliable part timers, called ‘GoGetters’. Francesca is pushing boundaries in the technology industry and the traditional labour market of Malaysia. She brings with her insights on the future of work, how businesses will adjust models to suit new labour requirements and how empowerment is possible through technology innovation. Francesca graduated with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and was inspired by social enterprises because they redefined traditional ways of doing business and running a non-profit. Prior to launching GoGet, Francesca was a Management Consultant in The Boston Consulting Group for 4 years. GoGet was also invited as a one of the selected ASEAN start up to speak in the World Economic Forum, Hanoi 2018 to discuss the Future of Work. Francesca is also an Alibaba eFounders Fellow from the program jointly created between Alibaba and UNCTAD. Most recently, Francesca was invited to speak at a summit in conjunction with United Nations General Assembly 2019 about the platform and how it is specifically addressing the Sustainable Development Goal #8: To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive.

Akiko Naka

CEO, Wantedly Inc, Japan

Akiko Naka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wantedly, a social networking service for professionals. Following its official launch in February 2012, Wantedly grew to 2.5 million monthly active users and 30,000 corporations. Wantedly has become the leading professional social networking service in Japan. Naka was the youngest female founder to take a company public in Japan.

Byju Raveendran

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BYJU'S, India

Byju Raveendran is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BYJU'S, an EdTech created from his passion to create self-initiated and lifelong learners. A teacher by choice and an entrepreneur by chance, he launched BYJU'S Learning App in India in 2015 and has helped 150 million students learn better.

Serey Chea

Assistant Governor, National Bank of Cambodia, Cambodia

Assistant Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. One of the few women leaders in central banking and a strong advocate of financial literacy and women?s access to finance. Has led to the incorporation of financial literacy into Cambodia’s general education programme and a proof of concept on the use of blockchain technology to make financial transactions more affordable studied and the pilot launched in 2019. Co-founded an NGO, sits on a number of others that focus on healthcare, and champions greater collaboration between NGOs and governments.

Shani Senbetta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kidame Mart Plc, Ethiopia

Shani Senbetta is the founder and CEO of the for-profit social enterprise Kidame Mart, Ethiopia's largest last-mile distribution network, empowering rural female micro-entrepreneurs to earn incomes by selling high impact goods door-to-door in their communities. Shani is also director of Zeleman Communications, Advertising and Production, the largest communications and advertising company in Ethiopia with over 120 full-time employees.

Shani has a BA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, an MBA from Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar. She is passionate about addressing social problems with innovative private-sector solutions. She is a tireless advocate for policy change and public-private partnerships to enable social enterprises and rural women to thrive.

Gary Liu

Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR, China

Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Gary is also the Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019. Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.