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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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Omezzine Khelifa

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mobdiun - Creative Youth, Tunisia

Omezzine Khelifa is a telecommunications engineer, activist, former politician, founder and CEO of “Mobdiun – Creative Youth”, a social impact & civic innovation organization that empowers youth to lead change and help build a peaceful democracy in Tunisia. Using arts, sports and technology, Mobdiun works with young people in marginalized communities targeted by violent extremists and provides them with opportunities to build skills and gain access to resources and networks to foster their creativity as builders of Tunisian society. Mobdiun mobilizes government, private sector and civil society groups in order to foster policy dialogue and lead change around youth issues and priorities.
She left her high-profile job in finance in Paris when the Arab Uprisings started and moved back to Tunisia to participate in the transition efforts. She volunteered for the social-democrat party, twice ran for parliament, and advised the finance and tourism ministers when her party joined the governing coalition. After her cabinet experience, she became a consultant for the World Bank in Tunisia and coordinated a multi-donor trust fund of $10m assisting the government in strengthening the financial sector, improving its governance and implementing the national decentralization plan.
Khelifa helped set up Thae’ra, the Arab Women’s Network for Parity and Solidarity and the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). She’s been honored with the Project on Middle East Democracy’s Leaders in Democracy Award, named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a New Voices Aspen Institute Fellow, member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Lately, she was selected as one of the inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University.

Anjhula Mya Singh Bais

Chair, Amnesty International, Malaysia

An activist and academic. The only international psychology trauma specialist in the country and the youngest chair of Amnesty International Malaysia. Named a super model by Vogue India, was on the cover of Savvy Magazine under the condition that it not be air brushed, and recipient, peoples’ choice award for being the role model women most believed in. Agenda focuses on Malaysia becoming a signatory on a series of United Nations measures, including the convention against torture, death penalty abolition and post-abolition plans while also destigmatizing mental health in order to advance a holistic health model. Thought leader inspiring Malaysians on psychology, leadership and human rights on Lite FM radio show “Mind Matters”, with 1 million listeners weekly. Conceptualizing a first of its kind nationwide psychological index for Malaysia partnering members of government.

Majid Jafar

Vice-Chairman, Crescent Group, 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.

Pablo Alberto Barrera Lopez

Executive Vice-President; Head, Global Supply Chain, Yara International, Norway

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.

Maya Roy

Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Canada, Canada

Maya Roy the CEO of YWCA Canada the largest women's organization in Canada with a 140 year track record. She is a diversity specialist with 22 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, adult education and social work. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the Ryerson School of Social Work, and has a Masters in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. Maya was a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency.

She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities and is skilled in grant writing and project planning as well as in strategic communications and marketing. Maya is proficient in English, French and Bengali. Her work has taken her to Thailand, Brazil, India and the UK where she worked with NGOs to support human rights and violence prevention.
Her essays have been published in Going Beyond the Journey (2013) by Insomniac Press, and she is the winner of the 2013 CASSA Gender Advocate Award and the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People award in 2014.

Stefanie Kurniadi

Founder, PT. Citarasa Prima Indonesia Berjaya, Indonesia

Stefanie Kurniadi is committed to driving purpose by reviving local Indonesian cuisine. She founded Citarasa Prima Indonesia, which today has more than 70 outlets in the country and is driven to celebrate and provide high-quality, affordable and fresh Indonesian food.

Shaurya Veer Himatsingka

Deputy Managing Director, India Carbon Limited, India

Shaurya is an Entrepreneur and currently serves as the CEO & Deputy Managing Director for India Carbon Limited. At the group level he is responsible for New Projects, Corporate Finance, Strategy, Mergers-Acquisitions & Joint Ventures.

He has been engaged with domestic acquisitions and establsihment of Greenfield Projects, in addition to diversifying into the Mobile Commerce, Real Estate and Infrastructure space.

He is currently leading his team to develop and establish North East India’s first Special Economic Zone in Guwahati, Assam.

Shaurya’s latest entreprenueurial venture is his setting up a Venture Builder under the brand iExponential, to build high value corpprations based on disruptive ideas and a mobile first strategy. He is currently involved in growing businesses in sectors ranging from Fitness & Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’ to Education and Last Mile Passenger Conn ectivity.

He has obtained his Master's in Business Administration (2005) and also his B.Sc from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Shaurya is the National Chairman for CII–Young Indians (13,000 Members) based on Nation Building and Youth & Thought Leadership.

Burcu Geris

Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, TAV Airports Holding Co., Turkey

Burcu Geris has a degree in Business from Bogazici University and MBA degree from London Business School and Columbia Business School. Burcu has 15 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. She started her career as a banker where she was involved in the financing of various privatization, infrastructure and energy projects between 1999-2005. She joined TAV Airports in 2005 where she headed Project and Structured Finance Department for 7 years. She became CFO of TAV in 2012 at the age of 34, the youngest woman CFO in Turkey and probably one of the youngest in the world. At TAV Airports, Burcu completed the financing and refinancing of eight airport projects totalling US$4.5bn. She played a significant role in the IPO of the company and various share sales transactions. Geris holds board member positions in TAV subsidiaries. She was selected as a “Rising Talent” in 2013 by Women’s Forum. Burcu has been voted “Best CFO in Investor Rela tions-2nd in Turkey” and 4th in Eurpoean Transport Sector by Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys in 2014. She is fluent in English and French. Burcu lives in Istanbul with her husband and 2 children.

Brooke Ellison

Associate Professor, Stony Brook University, USA

Undergraduate and Master's degrees, Harvard University; PhD, Stony Brook University. Policy and ethics expert in stem cell research for over 15 years, has been committed to changing the perception of life-saving science. Currently, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; Director, Education and Ethics, Stony Brook Stem Cell Facility. Co-Founder, VENTure Think Tank, to provide policy and technological solutions for ventilator users. Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, to empower underserved communities. Former Member, Empire State Stem Cell Board, which designed New York State's stem cell policy. At age 11, was in an accident leaving her paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator. Author of memoir, Miracles Happen (2002), which was made into a movie, The Brooke Ellison Story, directed by Christopher Reeve.