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.
Discover how science and technology are being brought together to help those affected by paralysis walk.
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
Gloria Fluxa Thienemann
Degree in Business Administration, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA; Accelerated Executive Development Program, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland; Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and dating back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries; it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of over 120 four- and five-star hotels located in 19 countries. The group has three further business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate. Advancing the company’s approach to responsible tourism with the launch of the Wave of Change movement focusing on marine and ocean preservation that evolves around: becoming single-use-plastic free, promoting responsible seafood consumption, and improving coastal health. It is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water. It is aimed at uniting employees, customers, suppliers and society to create an increasingly more responsible tourism industry. Trustee and Chairman, Iberostar Foundation; Member of the Board, Endeavor Spain. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Anahita Thoms is an award-winning lawyer who focuses her practice on global investigations, in the field of international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, foreign investment review, data protection, business and human rights. She leads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of the firm's Europe, Middle East and African regional Steering Committee for the Compliance & Investigations Group. She is a regular speaker and moderator on diverse topics, such as trade, sustainability, ethics and AI. Anahita is committed to giving back to society and is passionate about human rights and the fight against modern slavery. She is the Co-Founder of the United Against Modern Slavery initiative.
Caroline heads the OECD’s work on blockchain, assessing the policy implications & building solutions to ensure governments can access and respond to the opportunities and challenges it raises. She is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Stability Board's workstream on decentralised fintech, sits on the OECD's Staff Review Board, and since 2016, is a visiting lecturer at Paris-Est Créteil University, & more recently, at Kings College London. Previously, Caroline established Tax Inspectors Without Borders, a joint OECD-UNDP initiative to build tax audit expertise in low-capacity countries.
Mr. Jin He co-founded Maimai, the China-based professional and social-networking platform in 2013. Maimai has been leading for years in China profession social market with over 150 million users. Mr. He is passionate about building up the energizing and doveolping working environment for the workforces and bringing more opportunities for the society. Mr. He is YGL 2019 from China.
Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.
Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.
Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.
Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).
Dalal Saeb Iriqat
Iriqat, Dalal, Dr., is assistant professor and VP of Int. Relations at the Arab American University Palestine. Dalal is a weekly columnist at AlQuds Newspaper since 2016. Dalal’s research focus on Diplomacy, Nation Branding, Palestinian State Building, Coercive Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is author of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century, Diplomacy in the perspective of Peace Building, Limitations of Coercive Diplomacy, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19. She served as Senior Advisor on Strategic Communications at the PMO between 2017-18. She served as the Senior Policy Consultant for writing the Human Development Report UNDP for Palestine in 2015. Dalal taught at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University between 2011-12. Dalal was elected President of the Diplomatic Academy of London Students’ Association in 2003. She was also a member of the students’ council at the University of Jordan in 2001. Dalal is passionate about bringing change into the Palestinian society through education, she is passionate about improving Palestinian Diplomacy and better brand Palestine. Iriqat is a founding member Mediterranean Women Mediators Network MWMN, founder member for Palestine Experts for Education under Covid-19, Founding and Board member of the Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Center PCRSC, board member of Lycée Franćais International of Ramallah, board member of Eco Peace Palestine and sits on the jury board of 3alArd initiative. Dalal IRIQAT has a PhD in Public Administration from Paris I Sorbonne 2011, A Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University in London 2004 and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Jordan 2003 and she continues to learn.
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An apparel, hospitality, and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Dayton started a movement to reimagine the identity of America's north as one of adventure, creativity and the embrace of cold winters. His company is on a mission to keep the north cold by donating 110% of its own carbon impact to organizations leading the fight against climate change. Prior to founding Askov Finlayson, he was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000 mile dogsled expedition focused on climate research and education.
Vinati Mutreja is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of specialty chemical company Vinati Organics, where she has overseen an increase in revenue and market capitalization. She has been innovative in selecting chemical processes and products that are environmentally attractive. The jury of The Economic Times Family Business Awards chose Mutreja as the Outstanding Woman Business Leader for 2018. She was also named as part of Forbes India W-Power Trailblazers 2019 and The Economic Times Women Ahead 2019 list.
Atika Rehman is a journalist with over a decade of experience working as a reporter and editor in Pakistan. She is now based in the UK, where she is the foreign correspondent for Dawn, a widely respected English daily in Pakistan. Atika covers a breadth of local and international stories. She reports on Pakistani politics and the sizeable British Pakistani community in the UK and covers major developing stories such as Brexit, the elections and landmark court cases. Previously, she was the Managing Editor of Dawn.com, Pakistan's highest traffic English news site which has a digital audience of 90 million a month. Currently, Atika is also the Deputy Editor at The Third Pole, a digital publication which covers Asia's water crisis and its effects on migration, food security and livelihoods. Her work has earned both national and international recognition. Atika is a 2019 Acumen Fellow.