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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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
Lisa Ivers is a core member of the Global Advantage practice at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and the Leader of its Morocco office. She a joined BCG in 2006. Her work is focused on developing the firm’s public- and private-sector business in Morocco. She has acquired deep expertise in the areas of strategy and reform. Beyond Morocco, Lisa is a deeply committed contributor to BCG's development on the African continent. She has also been selected as a WEF Young Global Leader. Prior to joining BCG, she was a strategic analyst with BNP Paribas. She graduated from HEC Paris.
Navrina is the Founder & CEO of Credo AI. Credo AI is on a mission is to empower every organization to deliver trustworthy AI at scale, through a multi stakeholder platform of trust for comprehensive assurance , audit and governance of AI/ML. Built for business users & trusted by technology stakeholders, Credo AI enables you to measure, manage & monitor AI introduced risks. Through Credo AI SaaS product and ecosystem partners, we are driving standards for AI governance, improving the trust gaps between stakeholders, and creating a broader playbook for actionable AI regulations. Backed by Andrew Ng’s AI fund, Credo AI was founded in March 2020.
A technology leader with over 18+ years experience in Enterprise SaaS, AI and Mobile. Navrina has held multiple product and business leadership roles at Microsoft and Qualcomm. Navrina is an executive board member of Mozilla guiding their trustworthy AI charter. Navrina is also a young global leader with the World economic forum & was on their future council for AI guiding policies & regulations in responsible AI.
Navrina holds a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin -Madison & an MBA from Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.
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).
Nili Gilbert is the co-founder of the Net Zero+ Investment Collaborative, a group formed in recognition of the urgency of the climate problem and the special role that investment will play in addressing it. The collaborative is designing a malleable framework for portfolio decarbonization, and was launched with net zero investment commitments from three founding Rockefeller Family organizations.
From 2010 to 2020 Nili co-founded and served as Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital Management, one of the larger women-owned asset management firms in the U.S., where she was responsible for managing hedge fund and equity strategies for institutional clients. Matarin has been recognized as both a performance leader and as a thought leader, with its research cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Nili is a regular contributor on CNBC and Bloomberg television, as well.
Nili serves as Board Member and Chairwoman of the Investment Committees of the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute. She also serves on the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever.
Nili has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, as the recipient of a $1 million Hewlett Foundation grant for climate education and advocacy, as a LinkedIn “TopVoice,” on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of “Ones to Watch”, as Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals, with the Toigo Foundation’s Bridge to Business Award, and by 100 Women in Hedge Funds as an Alternative Investments Scholar. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Economic Club of New York.
Nili received her BA from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow. She is both a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Prior to founding Matarin, she was Senior Director and Senior Research Analyst at Invesco, working in both New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, with responsibility for development of the firm’s global multi-asset models.
A native New Yorker, Nili speaks, reads, and writes both German and French with great proficiency, and enjoys travel and fitness.
Victoria is an Electronics, Telecommunication, and Electrical Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously. Thanks to Chipsafer in 2012 she was the winner of the International Telecommunication Union Young Innovators Competition and in 2013 she won the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 2014 the Inter-American Development Bank selected Chipsafer as the Most Innovative Startup of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the MIT Technology Review selected Victoria as the Innovator of the Year - Argentina & Uruguay. In 2015 Chipsafer got second prize in Chivas Regal Global Competition The Venture and the BBC selected Victoria as one of the 30 female entrepreneurs under 30.
Her biggest passion has always been space. She attended International Space University, where she co-designed a medical experiment for astronauts that won the Barcelona ZeroG Challenge, and the next year she served as the Space Engineering Department Teaching Associate. From 2014 till 2016 she was Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council, a global NGO in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. From 2015 till 2017 she was part of the Board of the Space Foundation. In 2016 the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) awarded her the Young Space Leader Award and she served as Special Advisor to the IAF President from 2016 to 2018
Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois. Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment in the 116th Congress. His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad. Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress. During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has worked tirelessly for IL-16, and for the security of our nation. From getting veterans back to work, to combatting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight for his constituents and stand up for America.
"Krating" Ruangroj Poonpol
Krating Poonpol has spent years building Thailand's technology start-up ecosystem from scratch. Selected as Thailand's Business Man of the Year in 2016, he started the first start-up education programme in Thailand in 2012, which graduated over 1,000 start-up founders. He later started start-up accelerator in ASEAN as well as a start-up venture capital firm. He is passionate about education and serves as the youngest member of the executive board of the Thailand Education Partnership led by the former prime minister and minister of education of Thailand.
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.
Carol Yu Ying
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show "Visionaries" with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. The show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many others. Formerly with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong and the World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics at Stanford University and Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.