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
Nasreen Ali Mohamed
Nasreen Ali Mohamed is passionate about ensuring inclusion of low-income households, especially women and girls. She is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Cherehani Africa, a social enterprise that leverages technology to provide credit, financial education and market information to women and adolescent girls who own micro-enterprises in rural and underserved markets in Kenya. Cherehani aims to build thriving communities by providing the right financial tools to the financially excluded, and currently serves over 17,000 women in Kenya. It has developed a proprietary digital infrastructure that enables data-driven decision-making, aggregates customer data and disseminates financial literacy content to its customers through SMS and a bot persona. Mohamed is also the founder of Afrikapu, a social enterprise that sells handmade African products made by marginalized women in informal settlements in Africa in a structured, profitable and sustainable way. Afrikapu leverages technology and in-person trainers to train the artisans to develop their products to meet international standards then provides them with market linkages to global markets. The platform rewards the artisans with loyalty points on purchase of their products and is redeemable in cash after 12 months.
Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 World Champion in 2016 with Mercedes AMG Petronas and announced his retirement 5 days later.
Since his retirement Nico continues his work as an ambassador for many international brands and has become a Greentech entrepreneur. He has investments in a variety of companies such as Formula E, Lilium, Chargepoint & Lyft and has also now co-founded the GREENTECH Festival which launched in May 2019.
He remains linked to motor sport through his commentary for SKY & RTL, his Rosberg Racing young driver’s academy and his engineering company TRE.
His recently launched podcast 'Beyond Victory' topped the charts for download and his Youtube and other social media channels are a big passion.
When he is not working he spends as much time as possible with his wife Vivian and two young daughters.
Serial Entrepreneur. MSc, in Artificial Intelligence, from Tokyo University. Engaged in research on Recommendation Engine, Complex Network, Clustering. Won the Innovative Software Creation Program (Super Creator Award) under Information-technology Promotion Agency Japan (IPA) in 2005 and 2006. Started her first business to create the middleware which enables to develop iOS / Android / Feature Phone simultaneously, and sold the company to mixi.inc. Founded Cinnamon in Singapore in 2012. She has received various awards, including St. Gallen Symposium Leaders of Tomorrow, Forbes Japan "Entrepreneur Ranking 2020" BEST10, Woman of the Year 2019 Innovative Entrepreneur Award, and Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2019 New Generation Award. She has also been a keynote speaker at AWS Summit 2019, Milken Institute Japan Symposium, 45th Japan-ASEAN Management Conference, Bloomberg The Year Ahead Summit 2019, and etc. She was appointed to a member of the IT Strategy Office, Cabinet Secretariat and a special member of the Tax Commission, Cabinet Office in 2020. She has been an expert member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, Cabinet Office; a member of the New Economic and Industrial Policy Subcommittee, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and an expert member of the Council for Realizing New Capitalism, Cabinet Secretariat in 2021. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She is the mother of three children.
Akiko Naka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wantedly, a social networking service for professionals. Following its official launch in February 2012, Wantedly grew to 2.5 million monthly active users and 30,000 corporations. Wantedly has become the leading professional social networking service in Japan. Naka was the youngest female founder to take a company public in Japan.
Nancie Zhu, a leading international anchorwoman, hosts finance and current affairs programs and moderates international events and conferences. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. As the Founder and CEO of a new media company, she is a social media influencer with 10 million followers. Nancie is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
A global economist who focuses on geopolitics and investing, Alexis Crow provides insights on capital allocation and long-term investment. She covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. She is a public speaker on the global macroeconomic environment and the geopolitical landscape, with a focus on sectors including real estate and infrastructure, environmental, social and governance (ESG), energy, technology and consumers. She leads a team of experts, with a focus on developing their expertise in macroeconomic analysis, geopolitical investing, developing client relationships, and using data visualization tools to guide investment decisions. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School and with the Global Business and Economics programme at the Atlantic Council, focussing on income inequality, ESG and the environment, and economic empowerment of women. She mentors young women and young men who are seeking their purpose and to foster their careers in business and policy. She also volunteers in New York City with Santa Egidio, participates at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral as reader, and works to support professional people seeking a richer spiritual life St Patrick's Cathedral, along with addressing issues such as immigration and income inequality.
Zoya Lytvyn is Founder of the Novopecherska School, which has a unique curriculum that combines national standards with international cutting-edge teaching techniques. All operational profits from the school are reinvested into Osvitoria NGO, a non-profit public organization founded by Lytvyn in 2013 to promote the development and education reform in Ukraine. Other educational initiatives she is involved in includes an online media training centre, which trains and develops teachers from throughout Ukraine for free, and launching the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine Award to enhance the prestige of the teaching profession. Lytvyn received a BA in Economics from the Kyiv Mohyla Academy and an MA in Journalism and Education Management. She is a member of the Aspen Institute Kyiv and the Supervisory Board of the UN Global Compact in Ukraine. In 2019, she was awarded TOP5 Woman Entrepreneur by UN initiative “WE Empower” to acknowledge social entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Sara Saeed Khurram
Sara Saeed Khurram is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sehat Kahani, an all-female health provider network working to create quality, cost-effective, ICT-enabled health care solutions for communities in Pakistan. Saeed Khurram has won numerous honours for her work, including the 2019 Rolex Awards for Enterprise (Associate Laureate), TIAW Award, CRDF Global Award, Ashoka Changemakers, ISIF Asia, The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, 2016 UNICEF Global Goal Campaigner Award and 2017 Arpatech Young Entrepreneurs Award. She is also a Cartier Awards finalist and the first frontier Innovator from Pakistan. Saeed Khurram is also a 2016 Acumen Fellow, TedX speaker, Cherie Blair Foundation alumnus and Amplify Fund grantee. She completed her medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan and MPH from the Aga Khan University of Health Sciences.
Nirvana Chaudhary, founded his own independent company - CG Finco - at the age of 19. Educated in Doon, Harrow and EMBA at MIT and LBS, he became the Managing Director of CG Corp Global, a $2.5 Billion private conglomerate, before turning 30. CG (Chaudhary Group) is a multinational headquartered in Nepal, with a portfolio of 136 companies and 76 brands spread across 30 different countries.
Nirvana is well-known for his diverse interests, ventures and accolades - an artist, musician, trekker, a former national squash player and, most importantly, as a philanthropist. Nirvana is the Vice Chair of Chaudhary Foundation - the philanthropic arm of his group that he leads. Chaudhary Foundation extended instant support to build homes to those displaced after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 and is continuing build schools and homes for the survivors. The Foundation opened Nepal’s largest spiritual institute. Along with successfully executing various social projects, the Foundation partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates on the much needed health and sanitation projects in Nepal. Thus Nirvana has touched many lives and the social impact thus generated has been widely recognized. Nirvana is the recipient of the YPO’s SEN Sustainability Award for Philanthropy (2019), the Asian Leadership Award (2019) and the President’s Award for Social Contribution from Lions Club International (2015). He sits on the board of the Center for Asian Philanthropists.
Nirvana is currently the Honorary Consul General of Serbia to Nepal. In his earlier role as the Consul to Maldives, he was the recipient of the highest civilian award by the Maldivian Govt. for his humanitarian work. He has been the Brand Ambassador of WWF Foundation, Founder of Himalayan Climate Change, the youngest Founder Member of Entrepreneur Organization (Nepal Chapter), and Founder Member of the Young Presidents Organization. He has led a campaign on "Spirit of Entrepreneurship” and has just been featured as the First Nepalese in CNBC’s Young Turks. Nirvana is also part of The Art of Living Apex Board.
On the business front, Nirvana was elected the Vice President of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) in 2016 and the Chair for the India - Nepal Center. He has served as the Personal Advisor to the Minister of Industries of the Government of Nepal and has held offices of various bilateral chamber of commerce and industry. He became the Chairman of ASSOCHAM Nepal Chapter and was nominated to the board of UN Business Advisory Council, UN Global Compact High Level Steering Committee of the Action Platform and Member High Level Task Force on Nepal Government Response to Disaster.
Rounding up his recent achievements, in 2020, Nirvana was featured in Tatler’s New Face of Asia and Asia’s most influential. And in 2021, he conceptualized and founded the Union of Asian Chambers. In 2021, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Nirvana also founded the Nepal Super League for youth development through sports and launched a private foundation named after his parents- “Binod & Sarika Devi Foundation.” Nirvana is often sought by youth organizations, schools, universities and young entrepreneurs as a motivational speaker. He has authored several articles on leadership and management for prominent business magazines and runs his Podcast “Making It Bigger.” Nirvana and his wife Ashrayata have a daughter (Araaya) and a son (Arhaan).