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
Daniel de Boer
Daniel de Boer is a passionate entrepreneur with a drive to make a meaningful impact on society. Initially, he was focused on building IT companies; however, when his newborn son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease with a limited life expectancy, it put everything in his life into perspective. de Boer decided to turn his focus towards finding a treatment for his son and other patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. He founded ProQR Therapeutics, which currently has 150 employees across Europe and the United States. Inspired by his work for cystic fibrosis patients and with a goal to impact many more lives, de Boer decided to broaden the scope of ProQR to include developing drugs for several other severe, rare diseases for which no treatments are available.
Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health leader, and a passionate advocate for patient-centered health care reform. The author of the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, her TED talk on transparency in medicine has been viewed nearly 2 million times. In 2019, Dr. Wen was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.
Dr. Wen is currently a Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where she is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute of Health Workforce Equity. She has served as President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. As the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years, Dr. Wen’s worked to expand comprehensive healthcare for vulnerable women and families. Previously, she was the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health.
Through her professional work in media and her active role in social initiatives she has become one of the opinion shapers and role model for young people in Mongolia.
In her earlier career Nomin Chinbat introduced global standards of hospitality in a country transitioning from totalitarian regime to a free market economy, driving profound changes for the whole industry. Her hotel is not only one of the top touristic attractions of the country but it is the single largest employer and tax-payer in the town that it operates in.
She created MongolTV, in 2009, with a vision to educate and enlighten the public with non-biased information and knowledge. It quickly developed into the most viewed independent channels of the Nation. The channel has pioneered ethical broadcasting and responsible journalism in a country rigged with corruption and political interference. It strives to gain societal acceptance of internationally accepted norms and standards in the media industry. MongolTV was instrumental in introducing legal changes that ensure protection of intellectual property rights and paved the way for fight against copyright infringement.
She was elected as Founding Chair of the Mongolian Media Council, the first self-regulatory press ombudsman in 2015, in recognition of her vision to create a legal environment for ethical journalism.
She is engaged in philanthropy through various initiatives such as Byatshan Ger to help underprivileged kids and hearing impaired citizens.
In recognition of her achievements, she was selected as one of the "30 under 30' by Forbes Mongolia and “Top 25 Women in Television” by Hollywood Reporter. She is always seeking to develop herself professionally, in pursuit for that she is currently attending executive program at Harvard Business School.
Motivated by his visually impaired father, Gabriel left his successful corporate career to address employment biases against 30 million disabled people in Latin America. He founded Incluyeme.com, a certified B Corporation with more than 200,000 registered users and 350 companies as clients including Accenture, Ford, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Staples, SC Johnson, and SAP.
I am an entrepreneur, advisor, board member and public speaker who has dedicated the majority of my work in service of entrepreneurs bringing innovation, collaboration, empathy and a sustainability mindset to the world’s most urgent challenges.
Inspired and dedicated to solving the inequity and disparity in access to capital I co-founded Indiegogo - the San Francisco tech start-up credited with inventing perk-based crowdfunding. Nearly $2 billion crowd-funded dollars later, innovators across the world (of which over 40% are women) are improving health & wellbeing, taking on climate change, revitalizing our natural food systems, and tackling many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
The enormous breadth of solutions launched and enabled on Indiegogo and catalyzed via the crowdfunding mechanism is by far the most humbling and rewarding part of my entrepreneurial adventure to date. Starting a company that has consistently lead the industry in gender diversity (upwards of 50% female) is up there too.
And as with all worthwhile journeys, I experienced struggles and evolved as an entrepreneur and executive along the way. Today I share my learnings and perspectives as a Board Member and Advisor to entre- and intrapreneurs looking to bring their important innovations to life.
Currently I'm particularly interested in efforts to scale and advance personalized health, regenerative agriculture, empowerment of women & girls, workplace diversity & inclusion, attentional management, and mindful human development.
As a meta-pursuit, I co-own Huso Lodge - a boutique hotel and company retreat center in the mountains of Norway. Huso offers guests an opportunity to reconnect with untouched nature as well as their own authentic nature. In line with putting my innovation advisory efforts towards my deep interest in helping to clean up our bodies, minds and environment, I'm hoping Huso Lodge becomes a place for others to rediscover and act on their genuine interests too.
Daniel M. Shin
Daniel M. Shin is a venture capitalist, executive scholar, and luxury executive. Daniel has run KingsBay Capital, a cross-border venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Daniel also oversees corporate development at MCM, a German luxury brand, that operates in 40+ counties, and has taught at Korea University on adjunct basis. Daniel has served in various executive and board positions at private and public companies such as KT, Hanwha, CJ and Daesung Group. He also worked at Accenture as a summer business analyst. Daniel has published several books and is a frequent speaker on the subjects related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Daniel was nominated as Young Global Leader in 2016 by the World Economic Forum. He was also honored to become Yale World Fellow under the former president Richard Levin's legacy at Yale. Daniel received DBA from l'Université de Paris(IX)-Dauphine, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), MSc from Stern School of Business, New York University and BSc from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University at Bloomington. He completed post-graduate studies at Harvard, Oxford and Princeton University. Daniel resides in Seoul, Korea.
Suchi Saria is the John C. Malone assistant professor of computer science, health policy and statistics and the Research Director for the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University. She is one of the leading experts in statistical machine learning and its use in driving precision healthcare delivery. Saria received her PhD from Stanford University. Her work has received recognition numerous scientific awards. In 2015, she was recognized by the IEEE Intelligent Systems as Artificial Intelligence’s “10 to Watch”. In 2016, she received the DARPA Young Faculty award and was named to Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10.” In 2017, she was named to MIT Technology Review’s ‘35 Innovators under 35’ (TR35). In 2018, she received the Sloan Research award. She has given over 80 invited talks including invited presentations at the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the White House Frontier’s Meeting.
Esra'a Al Shafei
Esra’a Al Shafei founded Majal.org, a leading civic tech organization in the Middle East. For over 12 years, Majal has built platforms that creatively amplify underrepresented voices throughout the region, from migrant workers in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to the Arab LGBTQ community. Al Shafei currently serves on the Global Future Council on the Future of Human Rights at the World Economic Forum and is a Directors fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Previously, she was a senior TED fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and Shuttleworth Foundation fellow. In 2017, she was elected to the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation. She is the 2018 recipient of the Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices.
2014- Member of Parliament from Kaliabor, Assam, India
2012- current Director of Branding and Communication, Eclectic Publications, Assam
• In-charge of creating speaking tours in Assam for renowned national and international personalities from the field of economics, business, politics, academia, media and sports.
2012-current Founding Secretary, Farm2Food Foundation, Assam
• Started a non-profit to educate farmers about productive farming methods and create linkages with the local communities.
• Created a group of young and educated farm entrepreneurs to advocate for sustainable, market-based agricultural policies.
• Established farm education programs for high school students in collaboration with local farmers to strengthen community linkages.
2011-current Founding Secretary, Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, Delhi
• Started a group to connect foreign Po licy Stakeholders (policy makers, government officials, members of political parties, policy think thanks) and youth groups from India and abroad on the same platform to discuss specific thematic and regional foreign policy issues.
• Organized 25 public panels and speaking events in 5 cities across India with foreign policy experts, with high-profile scholars and practitioners in the field of international affairs.
• Organized a panel discussion between Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, New York and renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai.