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.
Seeking New Leadership: Responsible leadership for a sustainable and equitable world
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
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
Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir
Faizal commenced his legal career as a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court. He is presently at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, after a stint as General Counsel of the Singapore Medical Council. An advocate of educational causes who founded a scholarship program for high-potential lower-income students, Faizal chairs his alma mater’s Advisory Board and sits on the MUIS Appeal Board. He has also served as a member of the Committee for University Education Places Beyond 2015.
Faizal has been recognised for his contributions to the law, public service and the community, having been conferred, inter alia, the Public Administration Medal (Bronze), the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award, the International Insolvency Institute's Gold Medal Prize in Insolvency Studies and the Association of Conflict Resolution’s International Outstanding Leadership Award. He holds degrees from NUS and Harvard University.
Ankur Jain is founder and CEO of Kairos, a venture fund building and investing in companies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Over the years, Kairos has helped launch and grow over $6.5bn worth of companies tackling problems in healthcare, housing costs, transportation networks, and more. Before rejoining Kairos in May 2017, Jain was the VP of Product at Tinder, the world’s largest social network for meeting people. He joined Tinder after it acquired his previous company, Humin, where he served as Founder & CEO.
Over the years Jain has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World” and awarded Jain “30 Under 30”. In 2012, Jain was named “30 under 30: Solution Broker” by the Christian Science Monitor. And in 2015, Forbes also named Jain to their “30 under 30” list. Jain also currently serves on the innovation board of the X-Prize foundation and as a member of the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations.
BA and MEng in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Cambridge University; MA (Hons) in International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS/University of London; MBA (Hons), Harvard Business School. Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum. Vice-Chairman, Crescent Group of companies. Managing Director of the Board, Dana Gas. Founder and Chair, Centre for Economic Growth at INSEAD Abu Dhabi; Co-Founder, LouLou Foundation. World Economic Forum: Steward, Global System on Energy; Global Precision Medicine Council; Family Business Community; Young Global Leaders; past founding Chair of Oil & Gas Independents and Middle East and North Africa Regional Business Council. Member of the Board: Queen Rania Foundation; Harvard Medical School; Arab Forum for Environment and Development; Kalimat Foundation; Iraq Energy Institute. Member, International Advisory Board: Atlantic Council; Chatham House; Prince's Trust International. Member: Bretton Woods Committee; IoD Mudara; GCC Board of Directors Institute; Young Presidents’ Organization.
Deshal De Mel
Deshal de Mel is economic adviser to the minister of finance of Sri Lanka and the youngest director to have served at Sampath Bank. An economist by training, de Mel is passionate about and committed to economic reform in Sri Lanka in order to create competitive and fair markets along with broader economic and political reform to further economic and political freedoms.
Geoffrey is the Founder and Chairman of Choson Exchange. Over more than a decade, Geoffrey built the leading grassroots-led organization driving economic change in North Korea, training over 2000 North Koreans in entrepreneurship, economic policy and law and reaching more than 10,000 with their materials. In North Korea, his work exposed a generation of Koreans to international practices, and contributed to enterprise reform, Special Economic Zones establishment and legal reforms strengthening property rights. His work has been written up as Harvard Business School case study, which he helps teach to Harvard MBAs in a class on Global Capitalism. He has survived two near-death experiences in his work in North Korea. Geoffrey also advises an inter-Korean government project, is a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital and is passionate about technologies for financial inclusion and data. He co-founded a co-working space business in Vietnam, help established a securities exchange in Singapore built on blockchain technology, and most recently is working to provide identity solutions for the unbanked in emerging markets through AI and facial recognition technologies. Geoffrey graduated from Yale University and the Wharton School and was an exchange student at Tsinghua University.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Tigran Khudaverdian is a graduate of the Moscow State University Faculty of Physics. Before joining Yandex, he participated in developing internet projects and headed a web studio.
He joined Yandex in 2006, starting out as manager of Yandex.Passport, a service that brings together all user’s Yandex accounts in one profile. In 2008 he became head of mobile and software products. Yandex.Navigator and Yandex.Browser apps were launched under his leadership.
Tigran became head of Yandex.Taxi in 2014, and then its CEO after it became a separate company in 2015. Thanks to technologies like smart routing, machine learning, demand forecasting and smart order distribution, the Yandex.Taxi app quickly transformed taxis into an accessible, fast and safe form of transportation.
On February 7, 2018, Yandex and Uber announced that the merger of Yandex.Taxi and Uber ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries had been finalized. The combined company is held approximately 59% by Yandex, 37% by Uber, and the remaining share by employees of the group on a fully diluted basis. Tigran Khudaverdyan became the CEO of the combined business.
With Tigran at its helm, the Yandex.Taxi group has also expanded into self-driving cars and food tech.
Tigran is married and the proud father of four sons.
Degrees, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Wesleyan University; certificate, Georgetown University. Social entrepreneur. Formerly: Advocacy and Organizing Director, Latino Memphis; Founder and Executive Director, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). Since 2009, Founder and Executive Director, Welcoming America, a national US non-profit that helps communities across the country - and increasingly the world - reach their full economic and social potential by becoming more welcoming to immigrants; expertise is in helping local communities adjust to - and seize as an opportunity - demographic change. Welcoming America received an Intercultural Innovation Award in 2014 for it work in promoting intercultural understanding from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group. It also partners with the White House and the US Office of Refugee Resettlement on immigrant and refugee integration initiatives. Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow; Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named to the 2015 Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40 list.
Pablo Alberto Barrera Lopez
A passionate multicultural young business leader, Pablo Barrera is determined to transform how large companies act as corporate citizens. Barrera promotes sustainability as an untapped potential rather than a threat and establishes collaborative efforts with other companies to solve some of the key challenges the world faces. Barrera explores new ways to feed a growing population and he works for one of the world's largest crop nutrition companies. Through many years of volunteer work, Barrera has focused on establishing arenas where teenagers and young adults can nurture their talents and develop into responsible forces for good in their societies, regardless of their background.
Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Forty-eighth President of Costa Rica. Formerly Minister of Labour and social security during the presidency of Solís Rivera. At age 38 on the date of inauguration, became the youngest serving Costa Rican president since 1914.