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
Arvan Chan serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of International, a publicly traded Fortune 50 healthcare enterprise that partners with local governments to ensure people receive high quality and cost effective health and social care. Since joining Centene in 2007, Arvan has played a major role in helping the company establishes a footprint outside the United States. As part of his work in developing and managing Centene’s international businesses, Arvan led the investments and integration of the company’s international operations. He also works closely with local governments to expand public-private partnerships for the delivery of healthcare services in new markets. Arvan was named among the 40 most influential young professionals by St. Louis Business Journal and among the five emerging leaders by Olin Business School. He serves on the boards of various organizations around the world, including 9Line Software, Vivent Health, Jazz St. Louis, Ribera Salud, and Operose Health. He is also actively involved in a number of advisory and selection committees, including Arch Grants, Washington University in St. Louis, United Way, and International Institute. Arvan received his bachelor's degree from University of California of Los Angeles and his masters in health and business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
A philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. His work is inspired by democratic values and universal norms shared by faith traditions and his leadership has challenged global extremism and ideologically motivated hate. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides. His work focuses on investing in Muslim leaders in partnership with allies to build capacity and resilience.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he led the think tank Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where his work included advising White House officials, Homeland Security and other agencies on issues around national security, enhancing religious pluralism and equity. He spent over a decade in higher education focused on inclusion of underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students. As a social entrepreneur, he founded Strategic Inspirations, a social impact consulting firm. Farhan serves as an advisory member on the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the MGP Fund that was launched at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).
As an interfaith leader, Mr. Latif worked with national and local civic organizations to promote religious understanding and inclusion. He is also a fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. He serves as an advisory member on both the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council and the leadership committee of the ACCESS Campaign to Take on Hate, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Authors Genieve Abdo and Akbar Ahmad have chronicled Farhan’s journey in combating extremism and working towards inclusion in their books Mecca and Mainstreet: Muslim Life in America After 9/11 and Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam. Farhan has appeared on numerous media outlets, including ABC, FOX, BBC, LA Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Gulf Times and USA Today.
Mr. Latif received an MA from Harvard University, where he completed a specialized interdisciplinary program on Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and Education through graduate coursework at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing, and completed graduate work in nonprofit management at the University of Michigan Dearborn.
Claudia Vergueiro Massei
As Siemens Oman CEO, Claudia is committed to enabling the digital transformation in the sultanate and to contributing to its economic development. She drives business in power distribution, smart grid, smart buildings, control and automation, and digital solutions for industrial applications. She assumed her role after working with Siemens in Germany, Denmark and China for various business fields, including wind power and rail automation. Originally from Brazil, she commenced her career in strategy consulting, undertaking assignments in France, Morocco, South Africa and the United States, besides her home country. She subsequently co-founded a SaaS edtech startup in Brazil, Eduqo, which she ran before joining Siemens. Claudia developed her passion for education during her college days, when she worked as part-time teacher preparing students for university entrance exams in Brazil. In her free time, Claudia enjoys to dance, travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs. She sits on the Advisory Board of Battery Associates and Steering For Greatness Foundation, and is the co-chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the College of Engineering of Sultan Qaboos University. In 2020, she was nominated by Forbes Middle East as one of the most powerful businesswomen in the region and by LinkedIn as one of its Top Voices. Claudia holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Crowther is a Welsh ecologist in the
department of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH
Zurich, where he founded Crowther Lab, an
interdisciplinary group of scientists studying global
ecosystems and generating knowledge to protect
biodiversity and address climate change. He serves
as chair of the advisory board of the UN Decade on
Ecosystem Restoration and chief scientific advisor
to the UN’s Trillion Trees Campaign.
Crowther is the founder of Restor, a science-based
open data platform that provides ecological
insights, transparency and connectivity to
conservation and restoration efforts across the
globe. Restor was named a finalist for the Royal
Foundation’s 2021 Earthshot Prize. Crowther serves on the advisory council
of WEF’s Trillion Trees initiative (1T.org).
Mr. Tanit Chearavanont was appointed the Managing Director of LOTS Wholesale Solutions in November 2017. He also serves as a member on the board of LOTS Wholesale Solutions, in addition to being an Associate Director at Siam Makro Public Company Limited. Mr. Chearavanont successfully led the clearance process from the legal board, as well as the CP Group approval for market entry into India, starting with Delhi NCR; in addition to receiving clearance for Indian company registration. Mr. Chearavanont’s profile in LOTS Wholesale Solutions encompasses responsibility for leading the overall business operations in India. Mr. Chearavanont’s brings with him a strong background and multifaceted experience across M&A, corporate finance, and consumer & retail industry. In a previous role, Mr. Chearavanont worked as the Director Operations of CP Wholesale India. He also worked with UBS AG in Hong Kong as an investment banker across different industries. This experience in banking industry was an added advantage to the organization as it set up operations in India. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Harvard University, in Massachusetts, U.S.
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. 1 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 Manasi 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.
Dr. Subha Nagarajan is leading the charge for GE’s ambitious emerging markets investment portfolio. She heads the U.S. Advisory and Execution team for GE Capital’s Global Capital Advisory team based in Washington DC. In this role, Subha leads the structuring, execution and relationship management for US-based export credit agencies (ECAs), development finance institutions (DFIs), and other financing institutions.
Prior to GE, Subha was the Managing Director for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She opened OPIC’s first overseas office in Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments.
Subha also worked in various leadership roles at the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, and oil & gas sectors.
She has co-authored Understanding Power Project Finance, Understanding Power Project Procurement, Committee of Ten Policy Brief: Financing of Sustainable Energy Solutions, and contributed to the WEF publication Paving the Way: Maximizing the Value of Private Finance in Infrastructure, along with other publications.
Subha has a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the George Washington University, and a MA in Finance and Economics from McGill University.
Zou Shasha, the chairman and CEO of AHA Entertainment, the producer of animation series SCISSOR SEVEN, the industrial tutor for the master degree of the animation major in Communication University of China(CUC), the President of the International Animation Alliance of Greater Bay Area, nominated for Young Innovative Talents Project of National Radio, Television and Network Audiovisual Industry by National Radio and Television Administration of China, the co-founder of AniSpark Studio, partner of Anim-Babblers.
Since the founding of AHA Entertainment in 2014, she produced feature films LAST LETTER, DINGJUN MOUNTAIN, TV series THE 38th PARALLEL, animated series SCISSOR SEVER, and SCISSOR SEVEN mobile games. SCISSOR SEVEN has been broadcasted in over 190 countries around the world, it was the first-ever Netflix Original animation series produced in China, she has also facilitated in the international distribution of many other Chinese contents such as animation film LEGEND OF HEI, by actively promoting Chinese original contents on global stage, she is committed to building the bridge for cross-cultural communication and integration.
Siwan (Swan) Lu
Siwan (Swan) Lu is Principal of Global Business Platforms at Zurich Insurance. She is an entrepreneurial, global-minded and result-driven business leader, with extensive international experience in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and mainland China, particularly in the fields of business, product and project development, as well as marketing, innovation and strategy. Lu cares about social wellness and education, and advises social enterprises, providing training to senior care organizations. As an advocate for social equality, she was the co-chair of the Harvard China Education Symposium and is currently on the Board of the Alumni Network for Harvard Women, Switzerland. She was awarded the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award. Lu is a certified yoga teacher and she loves conducting free, after-work yoga classes to her colleagues. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German