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

Sun Xuemei

Chairperson, Beijing All in One Public Welfare Foundation, People's Republic of China

Xuemei SUN, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IFENG.com, Initiator of "Girls protection" and Chairman of Beijing All-in-One Public Welfare Foundation, is a long-devoted pioneer in Chinese child protection development area. Prior to her current roles, she served as a journalist for the Beijing Times, and Editor-in-chief of the philanthropy channel of IFENG.com. On June 1, 2013, she united 100 female journalists and several media organizations to launch a public welfare project “Girls Protection”, which upgraded to a special fund in 2015. In 2018, she further developed the "Girls Protection" team into the Beijing All-In-One Public Welfare Foundation, with a firm long-term commitment to preventing sexual assaults against children and adolescents, spreading sex education knowledge, promoting the dissemination of gender equality concepts, and ultimately improving Chinese legal systems and institutions on child protection.

By the end of March 2022, more than 10,000 volunteer lecturers had passed the assessment of "Girls Protection" in 31 provinces across the country, more than 6.1 million children 700,000 parents had been taught face-to-face anti sexual assault courses, online courses cover tens of millions of people. In 2018, based on “Girls Protection”, the Foundation launched new sex education course "Embrace Adolescence" for adolescents, which was taught face to face to around 150,000 teenagers by the end of March 2022.

For 9 consecutive years, she organized and held a symposium of Representative members of the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (NPC & CPPCC) of the "girls protection" and issued the investigation report on sexual assault case statistics and anti sexual assault education to promote the improvement of laws and systems.

Awards: National March 8th red flag bearer, CCTV charity figure of the year,Beijing Youth May 4th medal and other awards.

Serene Chen

Managing Director; Global Co-Head, Emerging Markets Sales; Head, FIC Sales and Co-Head, Structuring, Asia-Pacific, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

Serene is Global co-Head of Emerging Markets Sales for Deutsche Bank, in addition to running Fixed Income and Currencies for clients and co-heading Structuring for Asia Pacific . 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. Serene 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.

Jinxing Zheng

Division Head, Professor, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, People's Republic of China

Zheng Jinxing is a professor and Head of Department at Institute of Plasma Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he has devised better ways to model the use of powerful superconducting magnets for controlling plasma at extreme temperatures, which is a major advance for fusion-based energy. He has presided over China’s National Key R&D Programme, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and other projects. He involves in the research work of China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) project, which is the world’s largest fusion experiment project-International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), The Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments (FLARE) in USA and Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA) in Russia and so on. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Tooling Branch of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Member of the Electrical Theory and New Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, and The Transnational Committee (TNC) Member of IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. Zheng has won various awards in technology innovation (such as MIT TR35 Global 2021) and has published more than 60 SCI/EI papers and authorized more than 30 invention patents.

Faisal Alibrahim

Minister of Economy and Planning, Ministry of Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

Has devoted career to unlocking Saudi Arabia's economic potential. Work, including in venture capital, has helped lay the foundation for a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and a technology agenda shaping the leading energy and chemicals company in the world.

Steve Suryadinata

Managing Director, BSA Land, Indonesia

Steve is the founder of Mata Investments, a private investment company focusing on early-stage, growth capital, and real estate investments in Southeast Asia. He has a strong family background in the mining industry, being one of the major shareholders of the largest coking coal mine in Southeast Asia. Since 2015 however, Steve has taken an ESG-driven approach and exited the coal industry. Today through Mata Investments, Steve is a big believer in impact investing and actively seeks for opportunities in the sector. One of the more notable companies under the group is BSA Land, the largest property developer in Indonesia specializing in the middle-class sector. Highly driven by impact, the company shifted its strategy from the high-end to the middle-class sector and currently takes a leading role in the private sector to ease Indonesia's 8 million housing backlog. With 30 projects across Indonesia, BSA has built over 20,000 residential and commercial units that cater primarily to young families, newlyweds, and millennials. It has also stimulated close to 10,000 SMEs through its innovative and highly affordable commercial developments all over the country.

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Forty-eighth President of Costa Rica. Formerly Minister of Labour and social security during the presidency of Solís Rivera. At age 38 on the date of inauguration, became the youngest serving Costa Rican president since 1914.

Kaila Murnain

General Secretary, New South Wales Branch, Australian Labor Party, Australia

Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor General Secretary in January 2016, and is the first woman to hold that position. Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary in September 2013, and was the first woman to hold that position. Kaila grew up on a small farm outside of Narrabri in North-Western NSW before moving to Sydney to attend University. She has a degree in Social Science from the University of New South Wales, and is undertaking a Masters of Business Administrative (Executive MBA) at the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. Kaila joined the Labor Party in 2000 after campaigning for Australia to become a Republic and served as Vice President of NSW Young Labor from 2005-2007. Kaila has served in the NSW Labor Party Office since 2008, as the NSW Labor Organiser (Communications and Training) and prior to that as the Membership and Communications Officer. Kaila has extensive Campaign experience and has been a Campaign Manager for Candidates at Local, State and Federal elections. Prior to working in the NSW Party Office, Kaila was the advisor for Ageing and Disability Services in the NSW Government, overseeing the NSW Ageing Roundtable and also advised the Spokesperson for World Youth Day in 2008.

Sam Lee

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IndeCollective, USA

Building and leading WeWork’s first central Growth Team, Sam Lee is a recognized growth leader and charged with exponentially accelerating WeWork's membership and revenue growth through data modeling and insight, product innovation, growth strategy, and sales and marketing.

Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the technology, education, and healthcare industries. He is also a Limited Partner and Board Member at Redesign Health, a venture studio that partners with entrepreneurs to identify, launch, and scale new direct-to-consumer healthcare businesses that improve access and elevate patient experience.

Sam earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Niki Kerameus

Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, Greece

Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.