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

John R. Tyson

Executive Vice-President; Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods, USA

John R. Tyson is a fourth-generation member of the Tyson family and executive at one of the largest food companies in the world. As Chief Sustainability Officer at Tyson Foods, he has the ability to influence the global food supply chain, promoting more sustainable production practices that empower people, conserve natural resources and drive innovation for smart, responsible agriculture. Prior, he worked in investment banking for J.P. Morgan and as a private equity and venture capital investor. He is also a lecturer at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, he serves on the Board of Directors of Winrock International and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Tyson has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Irina Lachowski

Chief Executive Officer, RenovaBR, Brazil

Irina Bullara is Chief Executive Officer of RenovaBR, an initiative founded by a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs looking to empower and qualify ordinary citizens that wanted to participate in Brazilian politics. Under her leadership, RenovaBR has transformed itself into one of the main political organizations in the country. Each election thousands of Brazilians subscribe to RenovaBR’s to learn about democracy, leadership, public finance, law and marketing. It has graduated more than 3,000 participants from all parties and ideologies, with RenovaBR students being among the most promising politicians in the country. Prior to starting RenovaBR, Bullara was the woman behind the largest private educational learning system (Anglo).

Phanindra Sama

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana, India

Phanindra Sama, A firm believer in active citizenship, is the first chief innovation officer of the Government of Telangana, contributing to building an innovation-driven economy in the state. Previously, he was the founder of redBus, the world's largest bus ticketing company, with operations in six countries. After exiting redBus, he co-founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture that nurtures active citizenship for the economic prosperity of the region.

Freddy Castro

Chief Executive Officer, Banca de las Oportunidades, Colombia

Freddy Castro is Chief Executive Officer of Banca de las Oportunidades, a government entity responsible for designing and implementing financial inclusion policy in Colombia. At Banca de las Oportunidades, he has led projects that benefit women and the rural population, bringing digital payments to market squares in Bogota, helping to remove entry barriers to the financial system for Venezuelan migrants, promoting the financial innovation ecosystem, expanding a banking agency model using local shops to reach the rural population, and generating evidence and data for public policy decision-making. Before joining Banca de las Oportunidades, he worked in the Central Bank of Colombia and served as Secretary of Economic Development of Bogota. He also worked as a journalist and professor, and has held executive roles in a business association. Castro studied economics at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Kiah Williams

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine - SIRUM, USA

Kiah Williams is Co-Founder and Managing Director of SIRUM, a non-profit social enterprise that drives the future of healthcare by connecting people with surplus medications. Prior to SIRUM, Williams helped create the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, a public-private partnership spearheaded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation that engaged Fortune 500 companies to expand healthcare benefits for 2 million children. Her work at SIRUM has been recognized by Forbes 30-Under-30 and Marie Claire's America's 50 Most Influential Women. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.

Mark Boris Andrijanič

Minister of Digital Transformation, Government Office for Digital Transformation of Slovenia, Slovenia

Mark Boris Andrijanic is President of Slovenia's first National Digitalisation Council, established by the Government of Slovenia in April 2021. He is also Uber's Head of Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), currently on sabbatical leave. Andrijanic has established partnerships with a number of cities in the area of sustainable and smart mobility in CEE and beyond. He has also accomplished six ridesharing reforms that have positioned CEE as Europe's leader in the area of forward-looking mobility regulations. At the same time, he is leading Uber's Safety Policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he coordinates the company's response to the pandemic. Prior to joining Uber, Andrijanic was a Visiting Fellow at the Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, where he worked closely with the European Parliament and European Commission on the EU's digital and economic policies. Before coming to Brussels, he advised the President of Sierra Leone on transparency reform. In Slovenia, Andrijanic co-founded and led the Network of Ideas Association, the leading youth NGO aimed at promoting active citizenship and entrepreneurship. He became a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in 2017.

Luis Felipe Cervantes Legorreta

Managing Director; Head, Mexico Office, General Atlantic, Mexico

Luis Cervantes established and leads General Atlantic’s Mexico office, focusing on the firm’s growth investments in Mexico and across Latin America. Luis co-led General Atlantic’s investments and is a member of the Board of Directors of Justo (online supermarket), Kavak (used-auto ecommerce), Axo (fashion omnichannel retailer), Clip (payments platform) and Laboratorios Sanfer (pharmaceutical lab), and previously participated in the Board of Directors of Sura Asset Management and Santander Asset Management Mexico. Luis also serves as a member of the board of directors of Endeavor Mexico (entrepreneurship non-for-profit) and of Ordas-Howden (insurance brokerage), is a member of YPO and was an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Luis was at Advent International where he concentrated on investments across sectors in Latin America. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking team at UBS in the Latin American group based in Mexico City. Luis graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with honors, from Universidad Iberoamerica and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Li Sixuan

Freelancer, People's Republic of China

Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. BA in Economics and Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, Kluge scholar. Extensive experience in conducting high-level interviews with world leaders, business executives and entrepreneurs, leading special coverage reports and moderating industry forums. Former: investment banking experience, UBS and JPMorgan Securities; investment professional, KKR and Lehman Brothers Private Equity; Correspondent, CNBC Asia. Currently, bilingual Anchor, Reporter, Financial Commentator, China Central Television Business Channel; currently hosts Dialogue and Global Business Report. Has served as a UNEP TUNZA Global Youth Adviser. Interests: music, art, triathlon (Ironman 70.3), ultra-marathon (250 km self-supported desert foot race); founder of a healthy lifestyle brand GLO Kitchen and Fitness.

Colin Allred

Congressman from Texas (D), 32nd District, U.S. House of Representatives, USA

Colin Allred is an American politician, civil rights attorney and former professional football player. A member of the Democratic Party, he is currently serving as the US Representative for Texas's 32nd congressional district. He is part of the "Blue Wave" of Democrats who were elected during the recent midterm elections and took seats previously held by Republicans. Prior to joining Congress, Allred worked as a Special Assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel alongside then-Secretary Julian Castro in the administration of president Barack Obama.