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

Li Ni

Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Bilibili Inc., People's Republic of China

Carly Lee is the Vice Chairwoman and Chief Operating Officer of Bilibili. She oversees the company’s overall business operations, the development of its content ecosystem, commercialization, strategic investment and marketing. Ms. Lee has helped transform Bilibili from an interest-based online community into a highly competitive public company and a popular cultural brand among Chinese young people. In 2020, Ms. Lee led the production of smash hits such as Bilibili’s New Year’s Eve Gala, the viral Youth Day video “Rear Waves,” and music reality show Rap for Youth, continuously enhancing the mass market appeal of the Bilibili brand. She also played a key role in driving the company’s user and revenue growth.

Anneliese Schulz

Chief Sales Officer, Syncron AB, Singapore

Today being part of CvP & Partners as Managing Partner, I have the opportunity to act as Chief Sales Officer for Syncron AB and member of the Group Management Team, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies headquarters in Sweden in their pursuit of enabling digital transformation for the manufacturing industry.

Anneliese has been previously acting as the youngest Regional President in Software AG’s history having lead their Asia Pacific and Japan business operations and having been a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team.

Her achievements externally working with customers and partners to transform their operations to the digital world as well as internally to transformation the Software AG operation in region led her to be recognised as “Business Leader of the Year” at the 2019 “Women in IT Asia” Awards, to be shortlisted as the "Transformation Leader of the Year" at the 2020 "Women in IT Asia" Awards and to be called out as part of the top 100 list of Women in Tech Listing in 2020. Anneliese is committed towards gender equality, multi-culturalism, and employee engagement. She has been leading her regional team on diversity and inclusion which she views as key innovation enabler and actively promotes in her work environment growth mindset principles and purpose-lead operations.

Esraa Al-Buti

Partner, EY, Saudi Arabia

I joined EY Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 8 years ago and in 2019 became the first-ever woman partner in our Saudi member firm, as well as the youngest ever. Today I lead EY’s Tax Controversy practice in Saudi Arabia. My work at EY includes advising KSA-based large local/multinational groups and family businesses on tax advisory assignments and tax- and zakat-compliance matters. I also provides international tax-structuring advisory services to Saudi Arabian inbound and outbound clients and investors, and have worked on a number of tax due-diligence assignments for private-equity and corporate clients for transactions in Saudi Arabia. I am specialize in projects in the Government and Public Sector (GPS) and lead on many government giga projects. I also serve as a member of the Saudi B20 Task Force I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from King Saud University, with First Class Honours. I am a Certified Public Accountant with membership in the Saudi Organization of Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA). I serve as a board member in the Saudi Accounting Association and Prince Sultan University committee. I also deliver honorary lectures on Taxation at Prince Faisal University.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Minister of Information, Ministry of Information and Media Relations of Ghana, Ghana

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is Minister of Information and Member of Parliament. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana, and serves on the Finance and Constitutional Committees of Parliament.

Rodrigo Tavares

Founder and President, Granito Group, United Kingdom

Founder and President of the Granito Group, an investment banking and consulting company for the sustainable economy. He holds over 15 years of experience in government and international organizations working with foreign affairs and economic cooperation. From 2011 to 2014 served as Head of the São Paulo State Government's Office of Foreign Affairs. His academic path includes the universities of Harvard (Senior Research Fellow), Columbia (Research Fellow on a postdoc grant), Gothenburg (Ph.D.) and California, Berkeley (Visiting Research Fellow). Author of 4 books, including "Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players" (Oxford University Press). He was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2017), and StartUp Portugal Ambassador (2018).

Atsumi Hasegawa

Chief Executive Officer, Litalico Inc., Japan

Atsumi Hasegawa was born in February 1985. After graduating from the Department of Mathematics at Nagoya University School of Science in 2008, he became the Chief Executive Officer of LITALICO Inc. in 2009.

Feng Zhang

James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; PhD in Chemistry, Stanford University. As a graduate student, Stanford University, co-invented a set of technologies called optogenetics for studying the function of brain circuits. Former: Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows. Currently, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, McGovern Institute; James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, MIT. Developed CRISPR technology for genome engineering and applying it to study diseases and development treatments. Recipient of awards and honours.

Mayur Patel

Chief Commercial Officer, M-KOPA, Kenya

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.

Assaf Harlap

Co-Founder and Board Member, MEET, Israel

Assaf is a serial entrepreneur who builds and run complex, value-driven organizations, while serving as a board member at Colmobil Corp, Israel's largest car importer, distributor and retailer ($3B sales).

He is currently leading his family business through the next stage of its business growth while leading the charge in redefining Israel's stakeholder capitalism and investing in promising, early-stage entrepreneurs. Assaf has recently launched Future Mobility Israel - a think tank + policy lobby group with a vision to turn Israel into one of the global leaders of implementing and leveraging the transportation revolution.

Assaf is the co-founder of MEET, an educational program for outstanding Israeli and Palestinian high school students, in affiliation with MIT. MEET's program has been hailed by President Barak Obama as one of the best examples of how innovation is reshaping the Middle East.

Previously, Assaf served as the Founder and CEO of Switch.co.il an online used car marketplace and as VP of Business Development at Colmobil Corp. Between 2010-2012, Assaf led the relaunch of the smart car in Israel.

Assaf is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS 2015) at the University of London in Japanese studies and received an MBA from Harvard business school (2010). He was selected by the World Economic Forum to become a young global leader in 2015.

Assaf lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Shelly and three daughters, Zoe, Amelia and Eleanor