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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.

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Almira Zejnilagic

Managing Director, FTI Consulting, United Kingdom

Head of FTI's Global Risk and Investigations Practice in Europe and Africa, Early member, Serbian Student Union; early 2000s, elected to represent it. Started career at Serbian Parliament, for the Org. for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Worked in Serbian Ministry of Finance. Headed up Natural Resources Dept, Global Witness, an NGO investigating corruption in extractive industries. Managing Director, FTI Consulting. Pro bono work for charitable organizations, Eastern Europe. British Young Leader (2011), Wilton Park (the UK FCO).

Cynthia Wu

Executive Director, Shin Kong Life Foundation, Taiwan, China

Cynthia Wu is a business executive, nonprofit leader and philanthropist. She began her career in financial services as an investment analyst at Merrill Lynch in London. She moved back to Taipei to work for her family business, the Shin Kong (SK) Group, which was founded in 1945 and has several areas of business including financial services, real estate, energy, retail, health care and security. Rising in the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Shin Kong Life, Cynthia now oversees transformation planning, human resources and business development into ASEAN countries. As Executive Director of the SK Life Foundation she has won several national awards, including the National Civic Service Award for the best NGO in Taiwan and also started a local social enterprise which is now expanding their operations in Asia.

She studied for her BA at Wellesley College, her MBA at London Business School, and her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She serves a board member on several companies in SK group and was also a U.K. trustee of the Institute for Philanthropy and the international board member of The Philanthropy Workshop. Cynthia has been named as one of China’s 100 outstanding female entrepreneurs, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Rachel Carrell

Chief Executive Officer, Koru Kids, United Kingdom

Founder and CEO of Koru Kids (www.korukids.co.uk), which aims to vastly improve childcare services, starting by helping parents share their nannies in London.

Taking inspiration from Airbnb, Koru Kids helps parents realise the hidden value in their nanny and home by sharing extra capacity with a neighbouring family. The nanny looks after both families' children at the same time. This means that each family pays less, the nanny earns more, and the children have a friend to play with.

Only a few months after launch, our network already has over 500 families. As we grow we will provide more ancillary services such as payroll, billing, sick and holiday cover, with an aspiration to also become a distribution platform for early years EdTech.

Prior to founding Koru Kids, l was Managing Director of a chain of IVF clinics, before that the CEO of the world's largest online doctor service, and before that was at McKinsey. I have a Doctorate from the University of Oxford where I was a Rhodes Scholar. I also have a 2 year old who I will miss immensely during any WEF event.

Kakha Kaladze

Mayor of Tbilisi, City Hall of Tbilisi, Georgia

Was born on 27 February 1978 in Samtredia. Started sporting career at the age of 11, in “Lokomotivi” Samtredia FC as a center forward. In 2001 became most expensive Georgian player, as AC Milan paid 16 million Euros transfer fees. He has been playing for AC Milan for 9 years.

Titles won: Serie A: 2003–04, Coppa Italia 2002–03, Italian Super cup, 2004 UEFA Champions League: 2003, 2007, UEFA Super Cup:2003, 2007, FIFA Club World Cup:2007. He was nominated Georgian footballer of the year 5 times. Before Milan was playing for “Dinamo Kyev” and “Dinamo Tbilisi”.

Since 2011 member of the political council of the Political union “Georgian Dream- Democratic Georgia”. In the parliamentary elections of 2012, was nominated as a single mandate candidate from Samtredia region and same time was leading the electoral list of political coalition “Georgian Dream”.

From October 25, 2012 holding the position of Vice prime Minister and Minister of Energy and from 25 October 2013, Secretary General of the ruling political party “Georgian Dream”

From 2008 member of the Supervisory board in “Progress Bank”

In 2007 established charity foundation “KALA Fund”

In 2007 Established International Investment Group “Kala Capital”

Li Sixuan

Anchor, China Central Television (CCTV), 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.

Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum, United Arab Emirates

BA/MEng in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Cambridge Univ.; MA (Hons) in Int'l Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS/ Univ. of London; MBA (Hons), Harvard Business School. CEO, 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. At WEForum: Steward of Global System on Energy; Global Precision Medicine Council; Family Business Community; Young Global Leaders; past founding Chair of Oil & Gas Independents and MENA Regional Business Council. Board Member: Queen Rania Foundation; Harvard Medical School; Arab Forum for Environment and Development; Kalimat Foundation; Iraq Energy Institute. International Advisory Board: Atlantic Council; Chatham House; Prince's Trust International. Member: Bretton Woods Committee; IoD Mudara; GCC Board of Directors Institute; YPO.

Daan Roosegaarde

Artist and Innovator, Studio Roosegaarde, Netherlands

Artist and innovator. Explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations. With projects ranging from fashion to architecture, creates smart and social designs that instinctively interact with people and landscape. With studios in Rotterdam and Shanghai, team of engineers and designers create interactive designs such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in "techno-poetry".

Brian Forde

Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Senior Lecturer for Bitcoin and Blockchain, MIT Sloan School of Management;
Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founded the Digital Currency Initiative, an academic research group on cryptocurrencies, at the world-renown MIT Media Lab to research and incubate high-impact applications of this technology.

Previously he was Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Brian founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps.

In recognition of his work, Brian was named one of the "Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Brian received a B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. at the London Business School.

Jin Keyu

Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

BA, MA and PhD, Harvard University. Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, researching on issues of globalization and the Chinese economy. Member of the Board, Richemont Group. Has experience at the World Bank, the IMF, the New York Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.