Who we are
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community with the vision, courage and influence to drive positive change.
During a transformational five-year experience, YGLs are inspired to be bold in undertaking a sense of shared responsibility, impact and ambition.
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
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Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
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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
Member of the European Parliament with D66/ Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Expertise: trade, technology and foreign policy.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Asia’s leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. BA and MA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; PhD in Biology and postdoctoral research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Recipient of honours and awards, including: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship; 2013 Singapore Youth Award; 2014 MIT Technology Review's 10 Innovators Under 35 (Asia); 2017 ACS Nano Junior Fellowship. Research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by the BBC, MIT Technology Review and South China Morning Post. Inventor on four US patents, three of which have been licensed for commercialization. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.
Member of the 13th National People's Congress. Founder of Serve For China, a non-governmental and non-profit organization sending top university graduates and young professionals to work in remote villages on poverty reduction and rural public service improvement. Served as village chief in rural China for seven years. Recipient of First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service. BA in Economics and Political Science, Yale University.
Sarah Nicholls is Senior Director and Head of Global Sustainability at JLL, a professional services firm specializing in real estate with over 90,000 employees. She is currently spearheading the roll-out of JLL’s sustainability strategy, Building a Better Tomorrow (BaBT) across Europe. BaBT seeks to embed sustainable thinking across all of JLL activities.
In her prior role leading the Global Sustainability Team, she was instrumental in developing and launching BaBT worldwide. Sarah set JLL’s first-ever energy and carbon reduction targets. She also served as a founding member and first chair of the Global Sustainability Board.
Sarah has a master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gunhild Anker Stordalen
MD and PhD in Pathology/Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oslo. Founder and Chair, Stordalen Foundation. Founder and President, EAT Foundation. Serves on several executive and advisory boards of corporate companies and NGOs, such as: SUN Movement Lead Group; International Advisory Board, Stockholm Resilience Centre; CSR Board, BT Group. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Anton du Plessis
Three law degrees. Has worked on human security, international criminal justice and rule of law issues in more than 20 African countries. Criminal justice and counter-terrorism legal expert. Formerly: served with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; senior prosecutor in South Africa; expert adviser to various UN entities and international organizations. Currently, Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, Global Agenda Council on Fragility, Violence and Conflict and the Meta Council on the Illicit Economy, World Economic Forum. Has published widely, including a book on counter-terrorism law and practice. Regular media commentator and conference speaker on counter-terrorism, organized crime, rule of law, security and development. Interests: competitive cycling; running marathons.
David Sin is the Co-Founder, Group President and Deputy Chairman of Fullerton Healthcare Corporation. A champion of sustainable healthcare, David is dedicated to finding concrete solutions to make healthcare across Asia Pacific more accessible and affordable.
David is a leading force in Fullerton Health’s growing presence, expanding the Group from its Singapore roots to across eight markets in the Asia Pacific region today. David brings with him a track record of mergers and acquisitions, and corporate deal-making as CEO of SIN Capital Group. This is complemented by his experience in investment banking and special situations investing at Goldman Sachs and AIG Investment Corporation earlier on in his career.
David is a champion of health and education equality. He believes that these twin levers will make a world of difference for the underprivileged. Driven by this principle, he co-founded and is Chairman of the Fullerton Health Foundation, which offers complimentary health screenings and medication for chronic disease patients. He was instrumental in developing partnerships with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Global Fund”), Doctors Without Borders and the Shared Value Project, to augment impact and improve health outcomes for disadvantaged communities in Asia.
In 2009, David founded SIN Capital Group to provide value-added capital and create long-term impact in areas that impact everyday life like healthcare, real estate and education.
David is a World Economic Forum (“WEF”) Young Global Leader (2018 - 2022), a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare, and a member of the Harvard Business School Global Leaders Circle. David holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Billy Parish is Founder and CEO of Mosaic, the largest home solar finance company in the U.S., named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company for the past two years. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 300,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and also expanded Americorps with a new “Clean Energy Service Corps”. He has been honored as a Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife and two daughters.
Rima Assi is a Senior Partner with the Middle East Office of McKinsey & Company and Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Abu Dhabi office. Rima advises leading governments in the Middle East on public finance to drive large-scale social and economic transformation, and is a major champion for women’s empowerment across the region. Rima is a key speaker on the power of gender parity at several fora including the Global Women’s Forum Dubai and GITEX Tech conference. She has authored several articles on the power of gender parity in Newsweek Middle East and more recently on more powerful approaches to ensuring value in public finances.