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
Claudia Sender Ramirez
Upon election to the position of Mayor of the City of Otsu, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, became the youngest woman ever to be elected mayor of a Japanese City. Since taking office, has focused on issues related to gender equality and childcare. LLB and LLM, Hokkaido University; LLM, Harvard Law School. Visiting Fellow, Columbia Business School. Practised law at Nishiura & Asahi, Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton, NYC.
Researcher in politics, gender, and press freedom. Former Information Minister of Yemen. PhD candidate at Politics Dept of Uni of Reading U.K.
Expert in Yemen's political transition process and has strong views on global mobility issues.
Alok is Principal Architect and Founder of Bhumiputra Architecture, an internationally recognised, architectural design firm based in Bangalore, India. Alok and Bhumiputra's work in breaking the conventional mould of architecture, especially in the areas of social housing, sanitation, institutional, healthcare, education and urban design intervention has been published and recognised by the likes of Time Magazine (Next Generation Leader), Forbes (30 under 30 Asia, 30 under 30 India), National Geographic (India's Future Leaders) to name a few.
Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California; research explores how religions change and make change in the world. Leading voice working to enhance religious pluralism and community resilience. Advises foundations and government agencies on effective strategies for effective partnership and engagement. Co-Founder and Senior Adviser, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute; Implementing Partner, United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change programme, training emerging leaders committed to peace-building from the Middle East, Africa and South America. Member, Pacific Council on International Policy. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Truman National Security Fellow. German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellow. Homegrown Violent Extremism Study Group Associate, USC. Member of the board of several non-profit organizations and government bodies working at the intersections of religion and public life.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, One97/Paytm, India's largest mobile payments and commerce company.
Bettina in a serial software entrepreneur that has built technology companies in both Europe and the United States. She is most recently the founder of HelloYellow, a Web 3.0 technology company, her third software company. She is also the founder and a board member at Pixability, a video advertising company in Boston. Prior to Pixability, Bettina co-founded SVOX, the Swiss-based speech technology company which was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. Bettina has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, L’Oreal NEXT Generation Award, and The Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award.” Bettina holds an MS degree from MIT, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a business degree from the University of St. Gallen. She holds a software patent in video distribution optimization and is the author of "Video Marketing for Dummies".
Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru
Mosunmola is an Agribusiness Entrepreneur and Industry thought leader based in Nigeria. She is a woman extremely passionate about food, farming and the community. has a bachelors degree in Zoology from the Lagos State University, Nigeria. She has served as a youth consultant ambassador and advocate to the African Union Commission (Youth Division). She is the Founder and Chief Realization Officer, of Honeysuckles PTL Ventures, which engages principally in farming, food production, processing and distribution of a wide range of products. which works with a subsidiary arm, Farmshoppe TM, a retail store for freshly processed farm produce.
In 2009 she set up ABIRA Agribusiness Support Initiative to help bridge the gaps identified and to pursue youth involvement in the sector.
Mosunmola has volunteered with Junior Achievement (JA);
Facilitated training for the Lagos State Agricultural Youth Empowerment Institute Araga;
Served as panelist and Youth Representative for West Africa, 17th Ordinary Summit of African Heads of States in Malabo (2011);
Panellist, 2012 AGRF, Arusha, Tanzania;
Guest Speaker, Imbuto Foundation, Rwanda (2011).
She is an Ashoka Fellow; Goldman Sachs 10,000 women Scholar. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
The Recipient of numerous honours and awards, including: Desmond Tutu Fellowship (2015); Australian Government SVP Alum (2015).
She currently,serves the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria as Senior Technical Adviser on Youth and Gender.
MA in Economics, Fudan University; MPA, MA and PhD, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. 2007-08, Special Assistant to the Governor, Bank of Israel. 2008-13, Economist, International Monetary Fund. 2013-15, Senior Adviser to the Administrator of SAFE. Currently, Chief Economist and Head of Research, State Administration of Foreign Exchange Investment Center; Member, China Finance 40 Forum.