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
Alisha is the Executive Director of Aster DM Healthcare which is an integrated healthcare conglomerate of 30 years’ standing which spans 9 countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, India, Philippines, and Jordan). Aster provides primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care services, and now has more than 300 facilities. The Group employs more than 20,000 people, of which 2,000 are doctors and some 6,000 are paramedical and nursing staff. Alisha is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). and worked earlier with Ernst & Young. She has graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting. Alisha's philosophy in life is 'Healthiness is Happiness'. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women's empowerment and mental health. She believes in diversity of the workforce, the strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. Health is a birthright of every human on this planet. Alisha is dedicated to ensure that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Pat is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business and has over 15 years sustainability leadership experience, most recently as Global head of CSR & Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.
Pat brought Shangri-La to the forefront of responsible tourism operations, making it the only Asian hotel group to be recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Pat was the first CSR head of Ayala Land, Inc. in the Philippines where she broke ground with its first GRI sustainability report in 2007 and the first -mixed used facility, Nuvali, to be certified LEED.
Pat serves on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Environment and coaches several charities on strategic fundraising, including Enrich, a Hong Kong-based charity that empowers migrant domestic workers to invest in themselves through financial education. Pat is fellow at the Asia Society and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
She holds a Masters Degree in Globalisation and Governance from the University of Birmingham, UK and has attended the Saïd Business School's Transformational Leadership course at the University of Oxford.
Shalini is a Director at Amazon in Bangalore. Previously, she was the CEO for Leher Foods Business for Pepsico. She has been awarded the 40 under 40 influential Leaders award by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014 and has been honored as YGL 2015 by World Economic Forum Shalini is recognized as a leader with strong functional expertise in Sales, Finance, Supply chain and Human resources and deep experience of leading teams in different parts of the world across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and South America. Shalini joined Pepsi in 2008 as the head of Supply chain for India Beverages and built the supply chain organization. For her work in innovation, she was awarded ‘Innovator of the year’ in 2012 by KPMG and SCLC. In 2012, she moved as the unit manager for Karnataka and Kerala unit. KK unit was awarded the unit of the year under her leadership and she was recognized by Indra Nooyi with Presidents Ring of Honor in 2013 for exceptional leadership. Pri or to her role in Pepsi, she worked with InBev and Godrej. Shalini did her bachelors in engineering from IIT, Madras, Personnel management from XLRI and MBA from INSEAD. She is married and has one ten year old son. Shalini is a keen champion of women’s rights. She has been working in the area of women’s empowerment and prevention of female feticide for last 20 years.
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.
Carol Li Rafferty
Carol Li Rafferty is the Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing and a Co-Founder of Lean In China. She previously worked for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, as Senior Vice President, responsible for strategic and private equity investments. Carol graduated cum laude from Yale University, with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. She is also a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Board of Trustee at Keystone Academy, a non-profit K-12 school in Beijing, China. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Carol is a member of the founding family of the Bank of East Asia. She is currently a member of the Hong Kong government’s Financial Services Development Council's Working Group on the Asia Institute of Finance, and a member of the Hong Kong X-Tech Startup Platform Advisory Committee.
Michelle Dipp, MD PhD is Co-Founder and General Partner at Biospring Partners and has over a decade of private equity and venture capital expertise in life sciences.
Prior to launching Biospring Partners, Michelle was a Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm based in New York. While at General Atlantic, Michelle launched their first life sciences investment platform and served as a member of the life sciences investment committee. Michelle served as a Board Observer for Ginkgo BioWorks and as a board member for PathAI and Immunocore.
Michelle was a Co-Founder and former General Partner of Longwood Fund, a leading healthcare investment firm based in Boston. As a General Partner in Longwood Funds I, II, III, and IV, Michelle co-founded several of Longwood Fund portfolio companies, where she held senior management and board positions, including Chairman of Axial Biotherapeutics and CEO and Chairman of OvaScience, Inc. Michelle served on the board of Colorescience and as a board observer of Bicycle Therapeutics and Pulmocide Ltd.
Before joining Longwood, she was GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Senior Vice President of the Centre of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD), GSK’s global business development group. Michelle also served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by GSK).
Michelle began her investment career at the Wellcome Trust after completing her medical training. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Oxford Medical School and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Physiology from the University of Oxford.
Michelle currently serves on the Trustee Advisory Board for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Advisory Board for the Women’s Foundation of Boston; Board of Directors for Life Science Cares; Rockefeller University Council; Advisory Council for the American Museum of Natural History; Co-Founding Member of the Bowman Fund, Brasenose College Boat Club, Oxford University; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
Alex Soros is the Deputy Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He is also the Founding Chair of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and sits on the boards of International Crisis Group, Global Witness, Libraries Without Borders, and Central European University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, the New York Daily News, and Politico, among other publications. Mr. Soros received his PhD in 2018 from the University of California, Berkeley.
2001, diploma, IEP Paris; 2002-04, studied at ENA (National Administration School); postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Philosophy. 1999-2001, worked for philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Former senior official and 2004-08, Inspecteur des Finances, Ministry of Economy, in charge of the Commission for French Growth (Attali commission) and project leader; 2008, joined the private sector as Investment Banker (Partner), Rothschild. 2012-14, Deputy Secretary-General, Presidency of the French Republic. 2014-16, Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France. Since May 2017, President of the Republic of France.
Ms. Sabrina Chao is the Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Holdings Limited and the past Chairman of Hong Kong Shipowners Association and the Asian Shipowners’ Association. She has also served as a member of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, and is presently the Chairman of the Maritime Services Training Board of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
Wah Kwong Group, led by Sabrina, was founded in 1952 and has always demonstrated the great tradition of the Chao family, which has represented value, stability, promise and responsibility. It has a diversified fleet, and experienced and dedicated staff. In addition to being a famous shipowner in the world, Wah Kwong
Group provides services in other shipping sectors, such as newbuildings, fleet management, business operations, and consulting services for sale and purchase. Currently, Wah Kwong Group operates a fleet of 18 bulk carriers, 6 VLCCs, 4 Aframax tankers, and 5 LPG carriers, with a total capacity of over 3.9 million deadweight tons.
Sabrina not only steers the Wah Kwong Group; she is also a leader in the global maritime industry. She is a very influential shipping figure in Hong Kong, Asia and the international shipping arena. She took over the chairmanship of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association in 2015, and under her capable leadership, the Association has undertaken reforms and innovation. With the support of its members, the Association has seen many breakthroughs at all levels. Externally, the Association has remained pro-active at the international and regional arenas, but become more active in the national arena. The Association participates actively in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and has strengthened liaison with the central government authorities in Beijing, as well as key maritime cities including Shanghai, Zhoushan and Dalian.
Sabrina has been active in corporate social responsibility projects and has taken part in and made donations to many public welfare service projects in both Hong Kong and Jiangsu province. She is an advocate for children welfare and women’s equality.
Sabrina also has a strong interest in youth work. During her tenure as Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Jiangsu Youth, she led a delegation of young people to visit Nanjing and Wuxi, promoting university student exchange, establishing a platform for the Hong Kong and Jiangsu youth to communicate in culture, the economy, trade, science and technology and other fields.
In addition to above, Sabrina is a member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC in Jiangsu Province; Honourary President of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, a member of the Logistics Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; a trustee of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum; Chairman of the Departmental Advisory Committee of the Logistics and Shipping Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Advisor for the Wuxi Hong Kong Residents Association, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. She was named a Global Young Leader in 2013 by the World Economic Forum. In March 2018, she is named a Commodore by the Connecticut Maritime Association for her contribution to the maritime industry.