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
Cristina is Co-Founder, Board Member and COO of Treccani Futura, the new Italian edtech center for formal and non-formal education.
In 2006 she co-founded Wish Days, a company active in prepaid services such as gift cards and gift boxes under the Emozione3 brand, which in 2015 achieved a turnover of 40 million euros and was acquired in 2016 by Smartbox Ltd.
Since 2016, co-founding Impactscool (now Treccani Futura), driven by a passion for innovation and new technologies and by the need to disseminate knowledge in an accessible way, she has dedicated herself to dissemination and to the education sector with the aim of providing young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to face the future as well as to stimulate informed reflection that allows everyone to participate in the construction of our present and future society.
She is Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2019-2024) and European Young Leader 2020
She is the author of Benvenuti nel 2050. Changes, criticalities, curiosities. (EGEA, 2019), translated into English under the title Destination 2050. A practical guide to the future (BIP, 2020)
She is co-author of After. Il mondo che ci attende (BOMPIANI, 2021) and the podcast Casual Future. (2020)
Her articles are published, among others, by Agenda of the World Economic Forum, Corriere della Sera, 7.
Cristina is a speaker in 100s of events on topics such as the future, education, new technologies and sustainability and she teaches in many universities and business schools in Italy and abroad.
Camilla Hagen Sørli
Camilla is one of the owners of Canica Group, one of the largest privately owned investment companies in Norway. (Orkla ASA, Arcus ASA, Komplett). She serves as the Chair of the Board of Canica Investor, in addition holding board positions at other corporate companies including Canica AS and Jotun AS (global coatings company). Camilla holds several years of experience within retail, sustainability, consumer behavior, marketing, management, business development and strategy, currently working as Marketing Manager in Orkla. She has among others obtained executive education from Harvard Kennedy School and BI, Norwegian School of Management. Camilla is passionate about working to always improve the environmental and social footprints of Canica, and Orkla ASA was recently ranked among the top 100 most sustainable companies in the world by WEF. Being an advocate for women and health she is a Founding Member of Maverick Collective and also Nexus Norway. Camilla is using her voice for promoting female leadership and diversity as the Chair of SHE Community and was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018. She lives in Oslo with husband and 4 children
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.
Mohammed H. Al Ghanim is Chief Executive Officer of Hamad S. Al-Ghanim & Sons Group, a family-owned business, where he leads a group of companies to develop the best practices in the engineering field required to solve imminent and longstanding infrastructure problems. Coming from a background of youth leadership and activism having served on several international youth advisory councils, including the UN Population Fund, Al Ghanim actively seeks to re-examine the business proposition from being purely a profit-generating institution to one that addresses society’s problem as a whole. Al-Ghanim holds a BA from Tufts University in Massachusetts and an MA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in Political Science.
Lamya Al Haj
Lamya Al Haj holds a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biology from UCL and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from UNSW. She is a researcher on biodiesel alternatives to oil, and an Associate Professor at the Sultan Qaboos University. Lamya founded a speakers' platform in GCC region “Jalasat Mulhimoon” to showcase role models and inspire younger generations. She has spoken at conferences and corporate events including Harvard and IMD Middle East Alumni conferences on leadership. She was recently selected as a judge for an MIT based competition “Innovators under 35” organized by MIT Technology Review. She is the founder of “Coach4Change” where she worked alongside and supported senior government officials, CEOs, business leaders and boards around the country. She received numerous awards & recognitions including the “Boban Marcovic Prize in Environmental Science”, The “Gulf Intelligence - Occidental Award”, “National Research Award”, “Omani Woman Award 2019” for her innovation, and the prestigious “L’Oréal UNESCO award for women in science- Middle east fellowship award”- 2018. She is featured in the book "100 most successful Omani woman" and more recently classified as top 20 most inspiring persons in Oman by TAS ICON awards. She is also a Fellow at The World Academy of Science (TWAS 2019-2023 affiliate) and a YGL class 2020.
Her passion is in the fields of disruptive education, R&D, youth empowerment and community service.
A leader in Africa’s fintech and digital media sectors, Mayur Patel is Chief Commercial Officer at M-KOPA, the region’s largest connected financing platform. Previously, he served as COO for Cassava Fintech, a provider of mobile wallet and payment solutions, and was CEO of the award-winning mobile streaming company, Kwesé iflix, which pioneered pay-as-you-watch live and on-demand video services on continent. Mayur is passionate about building inclusive and sustainable businesses. He is an Advisory Council Member of NYU Stern’s Center for Business & Human Rights, Advisory Board Chair of Africa's leading go-to-market platform for plant-based alternative meat and dairy products, Infinite Foods, and Board member of children’s educational content company, Ubongo. His work has featured in the Lancet, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Chronicle of Philanthropy. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayur has a doctorate in International Development from Oxford. He is a 2020 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.
Founding Managing Partner of Plympton Farms, a company that is catalysing the tropical food export industry in Guyana while alleviating rural poverty. Dedicated to the sustainable development of small island developing states and has managed Guyana’s $250 million climate fund to increase sustainable livelihoods, indigenous land rights, and access to clean energy.
A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.
Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob
Nadiah Wan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara in 2017 at age 32 and has also held the position of Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer at TMC Life Sciences Berhad, a public-listed healthcare group in Malaysia, since 2019. She currently also serves as a Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.
Nadiah holds an MSc in Public Health (Nutrition) from the London School of Hygiene and Medicine, UK and pursued her undergraduate studies in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College (AB cum Laude, ’07).
She is a mother of one who is passionate about transforming healthcare delivery and also mentoring young students in her capacity as Vice-President of the Harvard
Club of Malaysia. She is fond of finding new places to eat, exploring new destinations and collecting more books than she can read.