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

Manasi Joshi

Athlete, Sports Authority of India, India

Manasi Girishchandra Joshi is an Indian para-badminton player, the current World Champion. She started her professional sporting journey in 2015 and in 2020 she was ranked world no. 2 in women’s singles in the SL3 category. Girishchandra Joshi was listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by TIME in October 2020 and she appeared on their Asia cover, making her the first para-athlete in the world and the first Indian athlete to be featured on the magazine’s cover for being an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. On the International Day of Girl Child on 11 October 2020, the toy company Mattel celebrated Girishchandra Joshi and her achievements by modelling a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll to her likeness to inspire young girls. She has also been recognized by BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational and powerful women in the world in 2020 and was nominated for the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award 2020.

Mamuka Bakhtadze

Prime Minister of Georgia (2018 - 2019), Office of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Georgia

Since June 2018, Prime Minister of Georgia; has established a strong vision for the nation built on strengthening democracy, fostering a vibrant and sustainable economy, while investing in Georgia’s most valuable asset, its people; has helped advance Georgia’s integration into the EU and NATO; introduced a “Green Economy” agenda and “lean government” initiative that reduced the number of ministries from 14 to 11, and redirected budget expenditures to social programmes; launched a comprehensive reform programme to overhaul the country’s education system; pledged to allocate 6% of GDP to boost human capital development and empower sustainable economic growth. Formerly: Minister of Finance of Georgia; 2013-17, Chief Executive Officer, Georgian Railway, promoting Georgia’s interests in international projects, including Viking, ZUBR, and the South-West Corridor. Held leadership positions in the business sector, including Chief Executive Officer, Georgian International Energy Corporation; Member of the Supervisory Board, Georgian Industrial Group. MBA, INSEAD; Master’s in Business, Moscow State University; PhD and BA in Electromechanical Engineering, Georgian Technical University.

Guillaume Lefevre

Managing Director, New Ventures and Business Development, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland

Guillaume Lefevre is playing a leadership role in transforming one of the world's largest insurance company to align itself with the empowered customer, lead the change in the insurance industry, and increase its societal impact.

Niki Kerameus

Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, Greece

Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.

Rayan Fayez

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF), Saudi Arabia

Mr. Fayez was appointed Managing Director & CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) in February 2018. Prior to assuming the leadership of BSF, Mr. Fayez held the role of CEO of Savola Group from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Fayez was previously the Managing Director and Saudi Arabia Senior Country Officer at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs' Saudi and London offices. Mr. Fayez started his career at J.P. Morgan's Natural Resources Investment Banking team in New York. Mr. Fayez is a member of the boards of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and Hassana Investment Company. Mr. Fayez graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

Genki Oda

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Remixpoint, Japan

Genki Oda is the serial entrepreneur. I have changed the era in many meanings. I founded my first company when I was the University Student. I sell-offs my business and invest many venture companies in Japan. At that time, 2002-2004year, in Japan most venture capital required the venture company to show the phase 3 worth financial statements and the performances. But I thought it was wrong. From my own experiences, most venture companies don't have the performances. They just have the passion and plan , and they need the money. I invest for the entrepreneurs who don't have the evidence or the performances even don't have the company yet. My work have succeeded and many venture capital imitative the start-up venture capital now. So, today in Japan the number of the venture company is increasing.

Second, I familiarized the concept of the Social Entrepreneur. I have donated and supported many NPOs and the social entrepreneurs and generated their activities through many media. I was the first member of the Ashoka Japan and the Social Venture Partners Tokyo-Bay. With my works, today working in the NPOs has become one of the choice for the students. Today, I challenge the revitalization for company and entrepreneurs. Most Japanese think the failure is critical and regard the failed people as a garbage. But I think everyone have a mistake and sometimes unfortunately one mistake is critical one. I want to change the mind for the failure. I have revived the Remixpoint which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange markets and the market capitalization have raised from 400million JPY to 100Billion JPY in this 5 years. And the Remixpoint is the attention as the successful company.

Ivy Huq Russell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maya, Bangladesh

Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO & founder of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.

Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.

Anne-Laure de Chammard

Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE Energy Solutions Intl, ENGIE Group, France

Anne-Laure de Chammard is Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for ENGIE Group. With 170,000 employees and a €61 billion turnover, ENGIE is a leading world group that provides low-carbon energy and services to tackle the climate emergency. Anne-Laure started her career in the USA in 2008, as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She then joined the French Ministry of Sustainable Development and Energy in 2010, where she was leading major infrastructure public-private partnership projects. She joined the Bureau Veritas Group in 2014 as General Manager for the French East Region, before being appointed President and CEO of Bureau Veritas Construction in 2016. She joined ENGIE in 2019 to head the group’s strategy in its zero-carbon transition. Member of the “Corps des Ponts”, Anne-Laure graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Anne-Laure sits at several supervisory boards. She is also passionate about opera singing, has made recordings and given several concerts. De Chammard graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. De Chammard also sits on several Supervisory Boards. She is passionate about opera singing – she has made recordings and given several concerts.

Liu Qian

Managing Director, The Economist Group, China, People's Republic of China

Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on China. Steering Committee member for World Economic Forum's Value in Media. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University.