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
Fern Shaw is president of UPS’s Southern California District, a $3.1 billion business unit serving over 72,000 customer accounts daily, and employing over 32,500 people. She oversees Finance, Sales and Marketing, Industrial and Plant Engineering, Human Resources, Automotive, Package and Transportation operations, Security, and Labor Relations in Hawaii, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.
Since beginning her UPS career as an industrial engineering management trainee in 2005, Shaw has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations technology, engineering, and in package, transportation, and hub operations. Shaw played a critical role in the implementation of UPS’s package delivery route optimization software.
Shaw sponsors several of UPS’s committees (Diversity & Inclusion Steering Council, United Way, Profitable Growth, Upstarts Advisory) and business resource groups (Women’s Leadership Development, Women in Operations, Asian American, and LGBTQA).
Shaw was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum for class of 2018.
Outside of her professional life, Shaw is deeply committed to changing lives and transforming communities through her servant-based leadership. She is an active member of OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) and has taken on mentorship roles since joining the organization in 2015. She has volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2014 and most recently served as a board member of the St. Louis Chapter. She currently sits on the board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned an MBA from University of California, Davis.
Shaw and her husband John have three children: Jasmine, Jack, and Jordan.
Fahad Aldhubaib is the General Manager of Public Affairs at Saudi Aramco. He oversees a diverse portfolio of corporate communication and citizenship programs including King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, also known as iThra.
Fahad’s primary professional and personal focus is to support the economic management and transformation of Saudi Arabia. He has been working with corporate leaders and policy makers on leveraging the Kingdom’s natural resources to diversify the economy, accelerate growth and job creation. Fahad played a leading role in the design and implementation of the Energy Industry’s most ambitious transformation, the Accelerated Transformation Program of Saudi Aramco.
Fahad holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Alfa now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two little boys. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides underserved entrepreneurs with the resources needed to grow successful businesses. Over the past 15 years, the organization has run hundreds of Community Business Academies, which provide intensive business management training coupled with year-round coaching and mentorship to over 1,000 entrepreneurs annually. Corporate, foundation and governmental funders underwrite the cost of tuition for all participants. By building successful businesses, these entrepreneurs meet their families’ basic needs, create opportunities for social mobility and help transform their local communities into thriving economies.
Alfa is also the co-founder of Future Tide Partners, which equips cross-sector leaders to shift capital, policy and culture to respond to a new world of work in service to a flourishing future economy. She was named Young Global Leader in 2015 and has appeared in leading media outlets, such as CNN, the Suze Orman show, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Bloomberg, Inc Magazine, BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur Magazine. Recipient of honours and awards, including: recognized by President Barack Obama; named a CNN Hero; named one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Forbes.
Angela Baker oversees Corporate Responsibility at Qualcomm. This includes Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached millions of beneficiaries. Baker also oversees Qualcomm's Sustainability team and strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.
Sarah Parcak is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The 2016 TED Prize Winner, she started GlobalXPlorer, a not-for-profit dedicated to democratizing and innovating archaeological exploration. She the author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology (Routledge 2009). Her research represents the first large-scale landscape archaeology approaches to the field of Egyptology. Her remote sensing work has been the focus of multiple TV specials on the use of satellite remote sensing in Archaeology: Egypt’s Lost Cities (2011), Rome: What Lies Beneath (2012) and Vikings Uncovered (2016). She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and presented at conferences and symposia across the globe. Sarah is a National Geographic Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Wai Wai Nu
Hold a Master of Laws degree from the University of California Berkeley. A political prisoner for seven years under the Burmese military government. 2012, released under a presidential amnesty. Executive Director and Founder, Women Peace Network, a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities, and to empower and advocate for the rights of marginalized women in Arakan and Myanmar; campaigns for women’s rights. Has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and to improve the human rights of the Rohingya people. Has conducted women’s empowerment trainings, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peacebuilding activities. 2014, Founder, Justice for Women, a network of women lawyers providing pro-bono legal consultation and education. Organized the My Friend Campaign with youth from different communities to promote tolerance and to reduce discrimination among diverse groups. 2016, Founder, Yangon Youth Center, where young people can learn and explore their ideas and promote leadership in social, political and peace-building.
Recipient: N-Peace Wards (2014),; Democracy Courage Tributes (2015), World Movement for Democracy; Hillary Rodham Clinton award in (2018), Impact Hero Award (2019).
Named: among "100 Top Women", BBC (2014); among 100 inspiring women, Salt Magazine; among 100 World Thinkers (2015), Foreign Policy Magazine; Women of the Year by Financial time (2017) and Next Generation Leader, Time Magazine (2017).
Fang (Miranda) Qu
Miranda Qu is Co-Founder of Xiaohongshu, a trailblazing Chinese entrepreneur whose work has made a substantial impact on China's technology and lifestyle markets. Since co-founding Xiaohongshu with in 2013, Qu has a keen understanding of consumers and innovative mindset to drive the company and industry to great heights. Since its inception, Xiaohongshu has been a runaway success, growing to become China's largest lifestyle platform with a global community of more than 200 million users.
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho
Ilona Szabo de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur and a thought leader on issues of civic action, drug policy, and violence prevention and reduction. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Igarapé Institute, a think and do tank that develops pioneering research, new technologies, and policy on security, climate, and development. Igarapé was ranked the number one social policy think tank in the world by Prospect in 2019.
Ilona has extensive experience leading global networks. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the executive coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs, and public intellectuals, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Richard Branson, and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
She is also the co-founder of the AGORA movement that aims to shape and help implement a new vision and public policy agenda in Brazil.
She is a Public Policy Fellow at SIPA, at Columbia University. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She has joined several executive courses, such as in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Kennedy School at Harvard and Transformational Leadership at the Said Business School at Oxford University.
She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and was awarded several other prizes. She is a columnist at Folha de Sao Paulo and a TV commentator. A TED speaker and an author of 2 books. Ilona serves on several boards, including the advisory board of the Young Global Leaders.
In the mid¬-2000s she coordinated a national campaign on responsible gun control in Brazil and previously she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro.
Fumiaki Kobayashi is a Japanese politician representing the Hiroshima 7th district in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet, for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He is also Acting Director of the Youth Division for the LDP as well as Chief Secretary of Headquarter for Promoting Administrative Reform, Parliamentary Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, focusing on regulatory reform of radio, broadcast and telecommunication, and development of policies for social security and the tax number system.