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

Lisa Ivers

Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), USA

Lisa Ivers is a core member of the Global Advantage practice at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and the Leader of its Morocco office. She a joined BCG in 2006. Her work is focused on developing the firm’s public- and private-sector business in Morocco. She has acquired deep expertise in the areas of strategy and reform. Beyond Morocco, Lisa is a deeply committed contributor to BCG's development on the African continent. She has also been selected as a WEF Young Global Leader. Prior to joining BCG, she was a strategic analyst with BNP Paribas. She graduated from HEC Paris.

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Founder, Platformation Labs, Singapore

Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platformation Labs and the best-selling author of Platform Revolution and Platform Scale. He has advised the leadership of more than 35 of the Fortune 500 firms and has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Sangeet's work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 ideas in strategy and his articles have been featured thrice in the HBR Top 10 Must Reads compilations.

Sangeet is appointed to several high-level ministerial advisory committees and is a former member of the WEF's Global Future Council. He is also ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally by Thinkers50 and is the youngest ever recipient of the IIMB Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a frequent keynote speaker at leading global forums including the G20 Summit, the World50 Summit, and the United Nations.

Serene Chen Huijing

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

Huijing Serene Chen is one of the youngest senior financial market leaders globally. Chen is responsible for the fixed income and currencies business for clients in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. 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. Chen 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.

Melanie Perkins

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Canva Pty Ltd, Australia

Melanie Perkins is chief executive officer and co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool that makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created, at 33 designs per second. Today Canva is growing from strength the strength, with over 500 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.

Richard Socher

Chief Executive Officer, You.com, USA

Richard Socher is CEO at you.com - a new search engine to make the world's information useful for you: Summarize the web without ads, with great privacy and values of trust, kindness and facts.
He is also founder and GP at AIX Ventures where he invests in AI+X companies that harness AI for positive impact.

Prior: Chief Scientist at Salesforce. Before that Richard was an adjunct professor at the Stanford Computer Science Department and the CEO and founder of MetaMind, a startup acquired by Salesforce in April 2016.

Richard was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in 2012, a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award 2014 and the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's 'Young Global Leaders' Class of 2017 and on the Board of Directors for the Global Fund for Women.

Jesse Moore

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, M-KOPA Solar, Kenya

Jesse Moore is CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, the world's leading provider of "pay-as-you-go" energy services for off-grid customers.

M-KOPA Solar saves off-grid customers money by replacing kerosene with affordable renewable energy. In under 5 years, M-KOPA has connected a half a million African homes to solar power and is adding over 500 more homes daily. Based on this growth M-KOPA was awarded the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize and was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies Changing the World.

Jesse moved to Kenya in 2010 to start M-KOPA and has overseen the company’s growth to over 2500 employees and sales agents. Prior to M-KOPA, he was the Director at the GSM Association in London, where he worked with mobile network operators in Africa and Asia to adopt new business models that drive business growth and benefit low-income consumers, such as mobile money. Early in his career Jesse worked with the international development charity CARE and as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jesse holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar). He was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Young Global Leaders in 2017.

Sheila Redzepi

Vice-President for External and Corporate Affairs, World Bank, USA

Sheila Redzepi is Vice President for External and Corporate Relations at the World Bank Group. Sheila joined the World Bank Group from Unilever, where she was responsible for driving Unilever's global advocacy on key sustainability and strategic business priorities. She worked alongside Unilever's CEO across a range of industry platforms, and with a number of international and advocacy organizations. Previously, Redzepi was Vice President for Communications and Sustainability, responsible for external relations and issue management, employee engagement, partnerships and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in Europe. Before joining Unilever in 2013, Sheila worked for Weber Shandwick, the global communications agency, where she most recently managed the company’s Social Impact practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Region. She began her career working at the United Nations and in gender advocacy.

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-imitated 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 42 million students learn better.

David Chubak

Head, Global Retail Bank and Consumer Lending, Citibank NA, USA

David Chubak is one of the financial world's youngest influencers, leading a business that spans across global markets and serves more than 100 million customers, with 2,600 branches and 65,000 employees. With an eye to the future and an understanding of the past, he adheres to a philosophy that puts customer well-being first. Most recently, Chubak consolidated Citi’s global retail bank and consumer lending businesses and launched a digital banking strategy to ensure the bank meets the needs of the ever-evolving customer.