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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
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
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.
Shi Yan, the executive director of Shared Harvest Farm, received her PhD from the Renmin University School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, and has finished her postdoctoral research at Tsinghua University’s School of Social Sciences. She founded China’s the very beginning CSA Farm in China, growing and distributing organic vegetables to city consumers and renting plots of land to city folk interested in getting their hands dirty. Since then, 1000 similar CSA farms have opened across the country.She has been inspiring a healthier and more sustainable way to feed ourselves. She is a pioneering force and active promoter behind the Chinese organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) movement. She is now the vice president of International CSA Network(URGENCI).
Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center) in Vienna. She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research is concerned with strategy, leadership, organization and problem solving in new forms of innovation practices that are characterized by being more open, distributed, collaborative, and democratized than traditional models. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups related to these topics in both Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Harvard Business Review, featured in media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine, and received numerous awards. Marion engages as a coordinator and teacher in different international master, PhD and executive teaching programs in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. She is the academic head of the Graduate Diploma Program in Innovation Management at CBS and co-initiator of the Danish SME Crowdsourcing Lab. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and acts as the academic director of the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). Marion is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID) and the Academy of Management (AOM).
Julia Andrea R. Abad
Julia has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of politics, public policy and social development. She served as Chief of Staff to the President of the Philippines and as a senior staffer at the Philippine Senate. Julia has also worked on several successful campaigns for national office. Prior to her stint in government, Julia worked as an educator, lecturing in political science and helping to develop a citizenship curriculum for young children. She has also worked in the non-profit sector as a researcher and communications specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, which she attended as a Fulbright scholar. Julia is passionate about growing the space for people to be meaningfully engaged in public issues. Aside from mentoring young staffers at the Office of the President and other executive offices, Julia has also conducted leadership training for legislative staffers. She was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and recognised as one of Manila's 40 under 40 Leaders in International Development by devex.com in 2013.
Canadian Member of Parliament. Has served in Cabinet as a Minister of State in the government of Stephen Harper. Has also managed the sponsored research portfolio for one of Canada's top research intensive universities. Has over a decade of experience in managing and commercializing intellectual property, and in management consulting. Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Women's Executive Network. Twice named as Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star, Maclean's Magazine.
Sarah Al Suhaimi
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Tadawul, the Saudi stock exchange, the largest stock market in the Middle East. With full support from the government, and under the framework of Vision 2030, leading comprehensive efforts to further integrate the Saudi capital markets into the global system, including changes to Tadawul’s operational activities, systems and regulations. Concurrently, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of NCB Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s largest bank. NCB Capital is the largest asset manager in the Middle East and the largest Sharia-compliant asset manager globally.
Olivia Leland brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative focused on systems change in the areas of health, education and economic opportunities in low and middle-income countries.
Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. In this role, she was responsible for building out the concept from inception, as well as overseeing the strategy and implementation for this effort which now has more than 200 families committed from around the world. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She has consulted on microfinance and private sector development, as well as strategic consulting at Monitor Group where she focused on branding, market research and venture philanthropy.
In addition to being the CEO of Co-Impact, Olivia also serves as a senior vice president at The Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on bringing collaborative approaches to the Foundation’s initiatives. She sits on the board of the Full Frame Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. In 2014 Olivia was recognized by the World Economic Forum with the distinction of being named a Young Global Leader.
Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.
BA (Hons) in English and Latin American Studies, Stanford University; MBA, London Business School. Fulbright Fellow, Southern Chile, working in forestry sector. Formerly: with American Express and Bridges Ventures; Director, Finance and Development, VolunteerMatch, San Francisco. 2004, first joined Generation Investment Management; currently, co-head for the firm’s Growth Equity Fund, which invests in growth stage businesses that are generating value by enabling the transition to a more sustainable economy (www.generationim.com); covers a broad range of sectors including agriculture, food, water and consumer. Member of the Board of Directors: Cibo Technologies; Recyclebank; Seventh Generation Social Mission Board. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Banafsheh Geretzki is a Director with BlackRock in London. Geretzki brings over 13 years of experience in private equity, restructuring and investment banking and specializes in complex balance sheet and operational restructurings. Most recently, she was at Alvarez & Marsal where she was involved in numerous restructuring engagements and sovereign advisory, including system-wide restructuring of the banking-systems in Cyprus and Spain alongside Austria, Greece and various Private Equity projects throughout Europe. Prior to that, Geretzki held various Private Equity and Investment Banking positions at Fortress Investment Group and Morgan Stanley where she delivered a broad range of large-scale M&A transactions along with post-merger integrations, debt restructurings and numerous capital market transactions. She has also served as a restructuring officer in an interim senior management role as a member of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board of one of the largest listed German real estate companies. Geretzki holds a master’s degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and is a Member of Generation CEO, an organization promoting business women into leadership positions.