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

Harry (Huai) Wang

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Linear Capital, People's Republic of China

Huai (Harry) Wang is a founding and managing partner of Linear Venture L.P. (Linear) and the Chairman of the Youth Group of China's Future Forum, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of influential scientists, entrepreneurs and investors in China in 2015. Its mission is to establish an interdisciplinary platform in the Greater China region to promote science, the ultimate driving force of human civilization, and scientists, the torchbearers who illuminate the path to the future. At Linear Ventures, Harry has led investments in more than 40 technology companies, including sector leading startups such as Horizon Robotics(www.horizon-robotics.com, US$300M), Rokid (rokid.com, US$650M), FraudMetrix(www.tongdun.cn, US$650M), SensorsData(www.sensorsdata.cn, US$50M), TaoData(www.taodatarobot.com, US$50M), SeetaTech (www.seetatech.com, US$60M), etc. He also served as a CEO advisor to Dianping.com(US$7B) and Baixing(US$700M). In 2013, Huai published his first book, How Facebook was Engineered, which became popular in the Internet startup community. He served as a Judge for Forbes China 30 under 30 in 2014 and 2013. Prior to founding Linear, Huai worked for Facebook in California as an engineering manager and joined Facebook in its early years (early 2007) when there were about 100 employees. Harry is the first Chinese citizen who took an engineering leadership role at Facebook. He earned his MS degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and his BS degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang Univerity. Harry serves as a member of the Council for the i-tech school in the Institute of Computing Technology Chinese Acadamy of Science. Harry is also a China Fellow at Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Gregg Treinish

Executive Director, Adventure Scientists, USA

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.

Erica Alessandri

Member of the Board, Technogym, Italy

In 2016, after pursuing several international work and volunteering experiences, Erica joined the family business, Technogym, world leader brand in equipment and digital solutions for fitness, wellness and sport. That year, she was appointed Member of the Board when the company went public. In this position, she has been active in the design and implementation of ESG policies and other initiatives around sustainability. Moreover, after her MBA at INSEAD, Erica started leading a new and innovative project to bring a personalized wellness experience directly to consumers anywhere, anytime through a new app integrated with Technogym’s ecosystem. Alongside her focus on business, Erica also serves on the board of the “Wellness Foundation”, the family’s non-profit body, whose mission is to promote the Wellness lifestyle as an opportunity for all stakeholders: governments, companies and citizens. Erica has been involved in the development of the second phase of the “Wellness Valley”, a social project aimed at building in Romagna, their local community, the first Wellness District in the world by engaging over 200 stakeholders to leverage Wellness as a lever for sustainable economic development. In March 2020, Forbes Italy featured Erica on the cover page of their 30 Under 30 issue for her commitment in bringing forward the family’s legacy around promoting the Wellness philosophy.

Ioana Patriniche

Managing Director / Head of Investor Relations, Deutsche Bank, United Kingdom

Ioana Patriniche is Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations for Deutsche Bank, responsible for strategy and execution of the bank’s external stakeholder management. She was a former Head of the UK financial institutions debt capital markets business, responsible for advising management teams on financing, capital raising and investor engagement. Patriniche is a founding member of Deutsche Bank's first-ever group for fostering and developing high-potential female talent and a mentor for rising female talent throughout the firm. She also works with the Romanian Education Trust, a charity focused on helping Romanian students secure funding to study at top-ranking MBA programmes in Europe.

Nami Chung

Director, Asan Nanum Foundation, Republic of Korea

Nina Rawal

Partner; Co-Head, Ventures, Trill Impact Advisory AB, Sweden

Dr. Nina Rawal is Partner and Co-Head of Trill Impact Ventures, a leading impact investing house. She previously headed the life science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 800m VC fund. Previous experience also includes Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and VP Strategy and Ventures at Gambro (Baxter Group). She serves on the boards of Cinclus Pharma and Stockholms Sjukhem, a non-profit hospital.
Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute with research work done at Columbia University and Hopital la Salpetriere. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a WEF Young Global Leader and a '40 under 40 - European Young Leader.

Alexis Crow

Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC, USA

A global economist who focuses on geopolitics and investing, Alexis Crow provides insights on capital allocation and long-term investment. She covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. She is a public speaker on the global macroeconomic environment and the geopolitical landscape, with a focus on sectors including real estate and infrastructure, environmental, social and governance (ESG), energy, technology and consumers. She leads a team of experts, with a focus on developing their expertise in macroeconomic analysis, geopolitical investing, developing client relationships, and using data visualization tools to guide investment decisions. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School and with the Global Business and Economics programme at the Atlantic Council, focussing on income inequality, ESG and the environment, and economic empowerment of women. She mentors young women and young men who are seeking their purpose and to foster their careers in business and policy. She also volunteers in New York City with Santa Egidio, participates at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral as reader, and works to support professional people seeking a richer spiritual life St Patrick's Cathedral, along with addressing issues such as immigration and income inequality.

Megan Greenfield

Partner, McKinsey & Company, USA

Megan Greenfield, Ph.D., Partner with McKinsey & Company, is a recognized leader in healthcare, COVID-19 economic recovery, and advancing equity in the workplace. Megan works with healthcare companies across the value chain on how to drive growth. She helped design one of the first state-level COVID-19 economic recovery plans in the United States, building a framework that has been adopted by states, cities, and organizations nationwide. Megan is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and researches ways for employers to understand gender and racial bias within their companies (processes, benefits, etc.) so they can make changes to support their diverse employees. Megan has led numerous DEI executive meetings, authored several white papers, and is leading many DEI initiatives within McKinsey. Megan received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in chemical and biological engineering and she holds a B.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, where she majored in chemical engineering. Megan is a WEF Young Global Leader (Class of 2021) and on the Board of Advisors of the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.

Catherine Lenson

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers (UK) Limited, United Kingdom

Catherine is the first female Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, the world’s largest technology investment firm with $130+ billion under management in the two SoftBank Vision Funds.

She sits on the Investment Committee for the $100m SB Opportunity Fund and is the executive sponsor of Emerge, SoftBank’s tech accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

An experienced and trusted executive coach at C-suite level, she works with companies within the Vision Fund portfolio on leadership, talent, and operating challenges, including as a Board Director.

Catherine is a member of the SBIA Remuneration Committee; is a Director of the firm’s corporate entities in Israel and Jersey; and oversees the HR, ESG and Real Estate teams.

Outside of SoftBank, Catherine is an active angel investor, with a focus on underrepresented founders.