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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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Gwenaelle Huet

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE North America, ENGIE Group, USA

Gwenaelle HUET, earning educational background on science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and in engineering from the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées, has started her career in the scientific research area at the French National Research Institute and the French Atomic Energy Commission on nuclear energy, before joining the World Bank in Washington D.C. as a consultant. She also worked for the Service of the Prime Minister in France within the General Secretary for European affairs with responsibility for energy and competitiveness matters, and as the advisor for various ministers (European Affairs State Secretary, M. Jean-Pierre Jouyet – 2008/2009 ; State Minister responsible for Energy and sustainable development, M. Jean-Louis Borloo – 2009/2010). In the course of 2010, she joined GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) as Senior Vice-President for European and Regulatory Affairs. In addition she was Sherpa of M. Gérard Mestrallet, President of ENGIE, and Isabelle Kocher, General Manager of ENGIE. Since 1st of January 2016, she is Chief Executive Officer of the Business Unit France Renewable Energy (900 M€ of turnover, 7 affiliates, 2200 people, 6 000 MW installed).

Ashish Goyal

Senior Portfolio Manager, Citadel Investment Group (Europe) Limited, United Kingdom

Ashish is a Portfolio manager in a leading macro hedge fund. His experience as an investor in the international financial markets spans over the last decade. His area of expertise is Global Macro with a specific focus on Asia. The first visually impaired student to have graduated from Wharton business school, he has the distinction of becoming the first Visually impaired trader in the world. He has been honoured with India’s highest civilian award for a disabled individual - the National Award for the empowerment of persons with disabilities by the President of India, and The Josep P Wharton award, selected by his peers, given to one individual who best represents The Wharton Way of Life. In the past three years he has raised funds annually for different charities raising more than 50,000 dollars for causes ranging from education of poor children in India to Blindness Research and International Peace. He is also passionate about theatre and is a supporter of The Print Room, a new theatre based in London.

Mohammed Fahim Hashimy

Chairman, Hashimy Group, Afghanistan

Mohammed Fahim Hashimy, raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, served in the Afghan National Army following the fall of the Taliban. He was associated with the OMC-A when it was established and played a valuable role in reforming the Afghan National Army and Ministry of Defense while working in OMCA-A. He has dedicated himself to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan while associated with OMC-A. The United States military lauded his commitment to those efforts. Following his assignment with OMC, he joined the family business to reorganize and re-engineer the company’s business model in line with international standards. 2008 onward, Mohammad Fahim Hashimy engaged in organizing and establishing 1TV Media with a vision for launching a premium family entertainment TV channel in Afghanistan. The channel launched its first transmission in February of 2010. With its terrestrial as well as satellite coverage in over 18 provinces in Afghanistan and its top rated programming, 1TV has emerged as Afghanistan’s fastest growing impartial TV channel. Later on he formed Group ONE media which comprises 1TV, GAMAC (a music production company), PIXEL (an advertisement production), MCXI (a media consultancy company), and Studio ONE (a TV media production company). Group ONE today is considered one of the two largest media groups in Afghanistan. In 2009 Mohamamd Fahim Hashimy engaged in structuring and organizing a commercial airline and cargo services company titled East Horizon which commenced ground operations in 2011 and is expected to engage in full scale commercial operations in 2012. The airline company aims to provide domestic travel and cargo services with plans to go international in the near future

Abid Butt

Chief Executive Officer, e2e Supply Chain Management, Pakistan

BSc (Hons) in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences; MSc in Financial Management, SOAS; MBA, INSEAD. Formerly with: GEODIS (France’s largest logistics company), responsible for International business development, based in Paris; Maersk Line (world’s largest shipping company) as Area Manager, Far East and Middle East, based in Singapore. First-generation entrepreneur; has varied levels of involvement in companies covering multiple sectors and geographical span. Current commitments include: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e, a supply chain and logistics company with offices in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Singapore; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e Business Enterprise, a first of its kind manufacturing plant that produces the healthiest edible oil in the world (rice bran oil) from indigenous sources; Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Pakistan Terminal Operator and Tripkar.com, the former is the only ISO tank cleaning and repair station in Pakistan and the latter is one of the biggest travel portals in Pakistan. Has successfully exited from three companies founded in the areas of trucking, agriculture and human resources. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Omar Al-Madhi

Senior Managing Director and Member of the Board, Abdul Latif Jameel Investments, Saudi Arabia

Omar Al-Madhi is the Senior Managing Director & Member of the Board at Abdul Latif Jameel Investments. He leads Abdul Latif Jameel’s diversification efforts.

These efforts include energy-related investments where Omar also leads the Saudi-based activities of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services in exploring opportunities and forming strategic partnerships in Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy and water sectors.

Omar joined Abdul Latif Jameel’s leadership after nearly three years within Volkswagen Group’s leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia, the establishment of which he led.

Prior to that, Omar was a member of SAGIA's executive team. While there, he was an Advisor to His Excellency the Minister of Labor. Prior to SAGIA, Omar worked in a multitude of positions within Saudi Aramco. He was also an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, UAE.

Omar obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He also received an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007.

Omar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, joining the class of 2017. In naming Omar, the Forum characterized him as "a recognized corporate executive who has emerged a champion of job creation, employment and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia".

He was appointed by Royal Decree to the Board of the Saudi Job Creation & Employment Commission and was later selected to also sit on the Commission’s Board Executive Committee. He was elected as a Young Arab Leader in October 2010. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow having been selected as the Fellow from Saudi Arabia for Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2011 Multi Nation Program. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Omar was awarded the Ward Wheelock Distinguished Middle East Fellow honor. He is also the recipient of the 2007 MIT Sloan Martin Trust Fellowship & Achievement Award.

Omar is married with three children. He is fluent in English, Arabic & Greek.

Lucy d'Arville

Partner, Bain International Inc., Australia

A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.

Mohit Joshi

President; Head, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Infosys Limited, United Kingdom

Mohit has over 18 years of professional experience in the U.S, India, Mexico and Europe. He is the President at Infosys Ltd and has responsibility for the Financial Services, Healthcare and Life sciences business. He also manages the Products business for Infosys (which includes Finacle and the AI/Automation software suite).

Mohit lives with his wife and two daughters in London. He has lived and worked in three continents– which has informed his work and his aspirations.

Ayesha Vera-Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), USA

CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids which co-invests alongside rural communities in the developing world on the award winning 5-cent Lunch that secures food, schooling, and sustainable income for life. Prior to ARK, Ayesha was Director at BNP Paribas where for 11 years she was involved in leverage finance, acquisition finance and loan syndications. She also restructured a farm in the Philippines making it the first one in the province to be organic, and to offer fair employment, revenue share, healthcare and continuing education to farmers/employees. Expertise - management, industry and business credit analysis, restructuring, natural farming, social ventures.

Funeka Montjane

Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking, South Africa, Standard Bank Group, South Africa

Funeka Montjane is the Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking South Africa (PBB SA) for The Standard Bank of South Africa. PBB SA is the retail division of the bank, and provides banking and other financial services to individual customers and small- to medium-sized enterprises in South Africa. PBB SA contributes approximately 49% to the group’s headline earnings.

Prior to her current role as Chief Executive, Funeka held the following positions at Standard Bank South Africa:

- Head of Credit PBB SA
- Head of Home Loans, PBB SA
- Chief Financial Officer, PBB SA

Funeka is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg. Before joining Standard Bank, Funeka worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a partner at the age of 27.

She has also been the Chairperson of the Initial Professional Development Committee ( previously known as Education Committee) of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) from January 2008 – January 2011.

Amongst many of her achievements Funeka was voted Top Woman Executive and Top Woman of the Year in Business at the 2012 Top Women Awards.