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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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
Gazal Kalra Co-founder, Rivigo, India Gazal Kalra is the Co-Founder of Rivigo, a tech-logistics startup disrupting the large and unorganized industry. At Rivigo, driven by a simple idea of bringing each truck driver home and a strong purpose of ‘Making logistics human’, Gazal has led the development of technology and products for truck drivers, thereby creating job opportunities in the hinterland in India. She believes in building scalable and purpose driven businesses that fundamentally improve the quality of experience for the users, while creating social impact. The jury of Business Today chose Gazal as one of the ‘Most powerful women in Business in India’ 2019. She was also named as part of Forbes 40 under 40 India’s brightest young business minds 2019 list. She has been a Fulbright Fellow 2011.
Fern Shaw is president of UPS’s Southern California District, a $3.1 billion business unit serving over 72,000 customer accounts daily, and employing over 32,500 people. She oversees Finance, Sales and Marketing, Industrial and Plant Engineering, Human Resources, Automotive, Package and Transportation operations, Security, and Labor Relations in Hawaii, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.
Since beginning her UPS career as an industrial engineering management trainee in 2005, Shaw has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations technology, engineering, and in package, transportation, and hub operations. Shaw played a critical role in the implementation of UPS’s package delivery route optimization software.
Shaw sponsors several of UPS’s committees (Diversity & Inclusion Steering Council, United Way, Profitable Growth, Upstarts Advisory) and business resource groups (Women’s Leadership Development, Women in Operations, Asian American, and LGBTQA).
Shaw was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum for class of 2018.
Outside of her professional life, Shaw is deeply committed to changing lives and transforming communities through her servant-based leadership. She is an active member of OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) and has taken on mentorship roles since joining the organization in 2015. She has volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2014 and most recently served as a board member of the St. Louis Chapter. She currently sits on the board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned an MBA from University of California, Davis.
Shaw and her husband John have three children: Jasmine, Jack, and Jordan.
Yeoh Keong Hann
Yeoh Keong Hann is a third-generation Malaysian business leader passionate about the transformative power of combining technology and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the influence and values of family businesses in building a more inclusive and sustainably-focused society. He is Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad, one of South-East Asia's largest infrastructure and energy companies, leading the group's operation and setting the vision of its new business and digital venture arms. He led the team that set up Geneco, Singapore's second-largest provider of retail electricity. Yeoh is also a General Partner of the SEA Frontier Fund where he invests in and mentors the next generation of game-changing startups in South-East Asia. He is a member of the Board of Wessex Water in the United Kingdom and of YTL PowerSeraya in Singapore. Yeoh is a graduate of the University of Oxford.
Serene Chen Huijing
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.
Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, global security strategist and a women's rights advocate. She is currently Global Policy and Advocacy Health Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. She also founded the women's rights organization Voice of Libyan Women in 2011, at the age of 21. Her TED Talk, What My Religion Really Says About Women, has been viewed nearly 6 million times. In 2016, Murabit became Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, providing thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security, and later founded CO-AGENCY, an accelerator for emerging women's leadership in security, health, peacebuilding and policy. A two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Murabit is the recipient of more than 100 honours and awards, including the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Top 20 of the World's Most Influential People in Gender Policy, BBC 100 Women, Forbes 30 Under 30, CNN Leaders You Should Know, Nelson Mandela International Changemaker Award, and Harvard Law's Women Inspiring Change. She is an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow and serves on the board of the Malala Fund. Murabit received an MD from the University of Zawia in Libya and an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Rebecca M. Heller
Rebecca Heller is Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and is a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School. Here inspiring humanitarian work includes advocating for refugees to claim their rights and find resettlement. Heller has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including The Charles Bronfman Prize, a Skadden Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Gruber Human Rights Fellowship and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader in Social Justice Award. She was also named one of the Christian Science Monitor’s 30 under 30 change-makers and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
H.E Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Trade in July 2020 to oversee the development of non-oil foreign trade and the expansion of global trade partnerships and increase Exports. In addition to supervising the portfolio of retaining and attracting the best talents and competencies serving the strategic orientation of the UAE, His Excellency also leads the efforts to enhance the UAE’s investment climate in order to achieve the country’s economic interests and strategic goals, thereby strengthening its position as a prime destination for business and investments at both regional and global levels.
Prior to his appointment as the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, H.E held the position of Minister of Climate Change and Environment and supervised the implementation of the country’s strategies at the domestic level, for environment and climate action, agricultural development, animal husbandry and fisheries, in addition to combating desertification and preserving biodiversity leading to enhance the sustainability of natural systems, food diversity and the transition to a green economy.
Through diverse Global participations, HE led the UAE’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to the repercussions of climate change, and protect the country's natural ecosystem by developing and implementing a set of effective policies and initiatives to achieve sustainable development at both regional and international levels and by strengthening existing and new partnerships with the government and private sectors that are capable of increasing the contribution of environment, agricultural, livestock and fisheries sectors to ensuring food security and biosafety in the country as well as increasing the quality of national production.
Previously and after he served as the Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E Al Zeyoudi was appointed as the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as extraordinary Ambassador.
Minister Al Zeyoudi started his career as an oil engineer at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), and then moved to Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), where he worked on the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and solutions, and also played a key role in the success of the UAE’s 2009 campaign to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the capital City, Abu Dhabi.
In 2020, HE. was chosen by the Davos World Economic Forum to become a member of the Young Global Leadership Council affiliated with the Forum, recognizing his outstanding international efforts in the field of environment and climate. In 2015, Dr. Al Zeyoudi received the first award for Excellence from the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of renewable energy.
H.E Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi holds a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, an MBA in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and a PhD in Strategy, Program and Project Management from Skema Business School in France.
Adebola Williams is a pioneer at the intersection of media, democracy and social change. He is co-founder and chief executive officer of RED, which owns Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands that engages millions of youths on the continent, including Red Media Africa, StateCraft, the Future Awards Africa, and YNaija.com. Williams co-founded EnoughisEnough (EiE) in 2010, one of Nigeria’s foremost civic participation groups and a voice for young people on politics. He was chairman of the board until resigning to take the lead on the communication and rebranding of the current Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari In 2014. Williams led the team that shaped the national discourse and optimized media engagement to change longstanding perceptions. He did the same in Ghana in 2016, helping the opposition candidate win the presidency on his third attempt. He and is team have recently concluded the Macky Sall campaign with a big win in February 2019.Williams consults in other regions in the continent.
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.