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

Laura Gersch

Member of the Board of Management; Chief Financial Officer, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, Germany

Laura is CFO of Allianz Versicherungs-AG, the market leader of the German P/C insurance market serving more than 10 million customers. She is a strong advocate of the societal role of (life) insurance striving to contribute to the reduction of the gender pension gap in Germany by advocating financial literacy for women. She is a purpose-driven leader, who played an instrumental role in developing the purpose for Allianz Group while she was running the Group CEO Office of Oliver Bäte. Before joining Allianz, she worked for McKinsey & Company. She holds a double degree in International Business from European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Joud Abdel Majeid

Deputy Chief Financial Officer, BlackRock, USA

Joud Abdel Majeid is a global executive serving as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BlackRock. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock and Chief Operation Officer of BlackRock Solutions, BlackRock's technology business. Prior to joining BlackRock, she was Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for E*TRADE Financial where she was responsible for corporate strategy development, business partnerships and M&A activities. She was also a management consultant for Booz & Company where she advised global financial institutions on key strategic, operational and organizational issues. Abdel Majeid holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BSc in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College, where she was named Senior of the Year.

Halla Hrund Logadottir

Co-Founder, Arctic Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA

Halla Hrund Logadottir is the Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Founder of the Arctic Innovation Lab, established to encourage business and social innovation across the Arctic region. In her native Iceland, Halla serves on the advisory board to Iceland's Minister of Industry, Innovation and Commerce on Iceland's Energy Fund and collaborates with the country's senior leadership on Arctic issues. Halla is the former director of the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University where she lectures on Arctic affairs. Halla is a frequent commentator on environment, energy, and innovation for the Arctic. She was one of the 15 invited writers in United Nations Chronicle's special edition on sustainable energy published in relation to COP21 and co-curates the World Economic Forum's Arctic Transformation Map. Among her other roles include being the Co-founder of Girls4Girls non-profit; a global mentorship program which aims to arm young women with the courage, vision, and skills needed to take on public leadership. Previously, Halla worked on an entrepreneurship training program in Togo, West Africa, on the "Aid for Trade Initiative," at the OECD in Paris, and as an EU and bilateral officer for Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs in Brussels. In 2016, Halla was selected as a Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow through Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and earned an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier, Halla studied political science, economics and trade at the University of Iceland, the London School of Economics, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University..

Daniel Feldman

Founder & Architect, Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura, Colombia

Daniel Feldman Founder and Chief Executive of ZITA (Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura), a mission-based architecture and urban design and development firm whose processes are rooted in community participatory design and public-good centered urban development. Since age 26, he has been a university educator leading architecture studios and seminars where he challenges his students to immerse themselves in complex social realities as a way of practice. He designed and developed multiple kindergartens in underserved rural communities as the Lead Architect in the office of the First Lady of Colombia, and was Head of Architecture at the Colombian office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he led the infrastructure investments that support the extreme poverty reduction programme in war-stricken areas. The public buildings he has designed and developed within secluded and overlooked communities in Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and the US have been internationally awarded and published in multiple occasions. Feldman holds an MA in Urban Design from Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in Architecture from Universidad de Los Andes.

Luhui Yan

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

Luhui Yan, Founder and CEO of Carbonstop, Master of Science in Computer Science at Oxford University, Expert Reviewer of the UNIPCC, Representative of China at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference for eight consecutive years, Deputy Secretary General of China Low Carbon Economic Committee. As China’s first carbon management software and consulting service provider, Carbonstop was founded in March 2011 by Luhui Yan. In the past ten years, leading Carbonstop, Mr. Yan has provided carbon management software and consulting solutions for over 1,000 enterprises and organizations, including 100 Fortune global 500 companies and top global organizations, such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, JD, KFC, Zara, Chanel, SKP, Vanke, Starbucks, ByteDance, Meituan, Hillhouse, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China Coal, etc. In the Internet field, Luhui Yan led the project “Green Packaging and Logistics” and “Ant Forest” for Alibaba.

Aditi Avasthi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Embibe, India

Aditi Avasthi is Founder of India's EdTech AI platform Embibe. Embibe is creating learning outcomes at scale through personalising the delivery of education to students in emerging markets. Amongst its many patents and publications, Embibe was recently granted a patent proving learning outcomes being created through its adaptive learning machine. Aditi and her company are the recipients of numerous honours and awards, including: WEF Global Innovator, Accenture Innovator of the Year; CEO of the Year 2019, India; Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Vogue; Woman of the Year 2018; CEO of the Year; Best AI Company in Education; BWDisrupt 40 Under 40 2017; BBC 100 Women 2017; Digital Disruptor, Maximum Business Impact; Woman Entrepreneur of the Year; Fortune 40 Under 40 2015.

Zhang Lu

Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund, USA

Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018). Recipient of honours and awards, including: Honouree in VC, Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018, Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer, and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth. Formerly: Venture Partner, Fenox Venture Capital; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Speaker at tech events and conferences and also serves as a mentor and adviser to several tech innovation programmes in Silicon Valley. Member of the Board: Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award. MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.

Sarah Rawson

Regional Head of Business Management EMEA, Swiss Re Services Limited, United Kingdom

Sarah Rawson is an Actuary by trade, and quickly rose to become one of the youngest Managing Directors at Swiss Re. She is responsible for a large portfolio of Life & Health Insurance coverages across several countries. Sarah leads 280 people from many cultural backgrounds and serves as the Appointed Actuary for Swiss Re Europe and a member of Swiss Re's Management Committee. She is an influential voice for key decisions on topics that are often strategic but complex and provides significant steer to the business.

Solveigh Hieronimus

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Germany

Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in Germany. Solveigh leads McKinsey’s global Center for Government (MCG) and predominantly serves clients in the Public Sector on topics covering Education, Employment, Public Health and Public Finance.

She is a leader in McKinsey’s Organization Practice, working on large-scale performance transformations, institutional capability building, and talent and diversity strategies across the private and public sectors worldwide.

Solveigh’s main professional interests lie at the heart of the European Union with all its opportunities and current challenges—supporting both European governments and EU institutions on some of their highest priority topics, including digital and artificial intelligence as well as up-and reskilling strategies.

She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum, serves on the European Commission’s high-level expert panel for the Future of Work, and is a panelist and speaker in a variety of settings, such as the European Parliament, DLD and the Chatham House Conference.

Before joining McKinsey, Solveigh held various positions at the United Nations, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. She studied in Oxford, Madrid, and Paris and has a master’s degree in economics as well as a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. In addition, she holds a master’s in public administration (MPA), with a focus on development finance and security policy, from Columbia University, in New York.