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.
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
Alejandro is a social entrepreneur from Argentina. Pioneer in a new way of doing business.
He co-created Xinca, an eco-friendly footwear company that employs socially vulnerable people.
I am a first-term Congressman representing Northeastern Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives. New to politics, I ran because of my time serving as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq where I saw the consequences of poor political leadership in Washington. In my first year, I've focused on taking care of veterans, driving economic development in my district, making smarter decisions around environmental and transportation policy, and embracing technology in government.
Qiaomei Fu is the Head of the Ancient DNA Lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the leading science institution in China. Her work has reinvigorated research into the origin of humanity through ancient DNA extracting techniques and advanced, next-generation gene sequencing to decode ancient humans' genomes.
Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc is the CEO of Seed Global Health which invests in the power of health to transform countries and communities. Through investments in the health workforce as a source of job creation and resiliency, Seed helps to empower countries to tackle their diverse and growing health burdens and establish a platform for economic growth, peace and security. Working closely with government, Seed also supports public policy reform to ensure lasting and equitable impact of those investments. Over the past 6 years, Seed has helped train thousands of health professionals, care for hundreds of thousands of patients and has developed a waiting list of countries. Published in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, BMJ and other venues, her work has examined how foreign engagement can better strengthen global well being, health and prosperity and enhance country agency. She graduated with honors from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, completing her clinical training at Mass General. She has a Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the mother of two.
I'm a green Member of the European Parliament since 2009, working on trade, migration and european matters. I was the spokesperson of the Young European Green until 2007 and in the lasst elections I was the green candidate for Commission president.
Member of Parliament; the youngest woman parliament member in Israel's history. Now in second term in Parliament, chairs the Transparency Committee, as well as the Social Justice Caucus. 2017, founded the OECD's Forum on Integrity and Transparency and chaired its first meeting. Led a reform for budgetary transparency and strategy, exposed the government's secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer money. Formerly a journalist and peace activist, who became one of the leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets in the summer of 2011, and became Israel's biggest-ever protest – focusing on housing, social services, equality and democracy. Following the protest and in an effort to continue the change from within, entered politics. Before the 2011 protest movement began, worked as an editor for Yedioth Aharonoth’s website and studied for master’s degree in the Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas Department at Tel Aviv University. BA in Journalism and Sociology, City University London, Olive Tree Program scholarship, a unique initiative for young leaders from the Middle East.
Ipek Ilicak Kayaalp
Bachelor's in Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey, Program in Finance & Project Management, University of California Berkeley, California-USA, speaks fluently Turkish, English and French. Chairperson of the Board of Ronesans Group Turkey, Chairperson of the Supervisiory Board of Ballast Nedam N.V. Netherlands, Member of TUSİAD Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association, Founder and Board Member of Ronesans Education Foundation; Executive Board Member in Creative Children’s Association, Member of SAHA Association supporting turkish contemporary art; Sponsor of KANÇODER, the Society for Supporting Children with Cancer.
Independent curator and art historian. 2010 to 2016, worked as Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim based at their headquarters in New York City. Had a leading role in shaping the strategy and holdings of West Asian and North African art within its collection and the curatorial vision for the future museum. 2005 to 2007, Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA), Ramallah and served as Academic Director for the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, which helped found in 2006. Has curated many international exhibitions and biennials, especially those pertaining to art and geopolitics in the Middle East, including Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds), the inaugural exhibition at the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit (2017); Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale (2016) and the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Recipient: eighth Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2017; Fulbright scholarship to pursue PhD at the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, 2008. Director of the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi affiliated with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.
Personal profile In 2015, Nadeen became the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to be appointed in Jamaica. In this capacity, she leads the digital transformation agenda for National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited - the largest and most profitable financial institution in Jamaica. The digitization of this systemically important financial institution will play a key role in Jamaica’s transition to a digital economy. Nadeen also serves as the CEO of the NCB Foundation, the bank’s philanthropic arm, where she has spearheaded increased impact through volunteerism, and greater focus on primary school education and support of scholarships for students pursuing non-traditional career paths. She is also Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of NCB Capital Quest - a business reality television programme designed to introduce the Jamaican market place to private equity as a financing alternative that small and medium sized enterprises can leverage to expand.