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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.

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Joice Toyota

Executive Director and Founder, Vetor Brasil, Brazil

Joice Toyota is a rising entrepreneur whose pioneering work in social innovation is helping boost civic engagement among Brazil's youth. As the founder of Vetor Brasil, she has helped select and develop hundreds of young public management leaders across Brazil's 27 states. Her organization has received numerous awards and attracted attention from nationwide media as one of the most promising and scalable initiatives to support the consolidation of Brazilian public institutions.

Nicolas Hazard

Founder, INCO VENTURES, France

Master's degrees in Business, Economics and Politics, Paris I/Sorbonne, FU Berlin, HEC, Sciences-Po. Serial entrepreneur in social business. Founder of INCO, an organization supporting social enterprises throughout the world. President, CALSO, a non-profit organization based in California.
President of the Strategic Committee of the City of Paris.
Author: Capitalism for all, 20 enterprises that change the world, an essay; L'entreprise du XXIème siècle sera sociale ou ne sera pas; La ruée des licornes.
Writes a monthly column in Le Monde on social enterprises. Regularly contributes to The Guardian and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Interests: cycling, skiing and tennis.

Andrew Serazin

President, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc., Bahamas

Andrew Serazin oversees a global portfolio including research on consciousness, creating AI to improve moral decision-making, and practical innovations to promote character strengths like humility, gratitude and forgiveness. An international expert on innovation in global health and development, Serazin led the creation of the Grand Challenges Explorations, which has funded over 1,000 projects and has been recognized as one of the most successful programmes in the history of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Daniel Crenshaw

Congressman from Texas (R), 2nd District, United States Congress, USA

Dan Crenshaw, the Congressman for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District, is a retired Lieutenant Commander, having served in the U.S. Navy SEALs. After being hit by an IED Afghanistan, he left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among many other recognitions, to pursue a degree at Harvard University. He believes there is no higher calling than service to the American people.

Jagmeet Singh

Leader, Canada's New Democrats, New Democratic Party of Canada, Canada

Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario and spent some time growing up on Canada's East coast before moving back to Southern Ontario. As a kid, he often felt on the margins and left out. That made him more determined to be himself. That’s why he grew up to defend the rights of others to be seen and heard for themselves. Jagmeet went to law school to stack his tool box to fight the powerful forces of poverty and racism. As a lawyer, he knew he could help those with little power and money to assert their own rights. He campaigned with anti-poverty groups and immigrant and refugee organizations for changes that would make people’s lives better. As a young man, his father became ill and he had to step up to care for his family. He experienced precarity and understood how important it is to have people around who care and can help. That’s just one of the reasons why he wants to help others. Jagmeet decided to run for office because too many government choices were hurting people, rather than helping them get ahead. As an MPP, Jagmeet took on auto insurance companies to end the exploitation of people. He fought for fair coverage at a fair price. Jagmeet also fought for workers at temporary job agencies so that they could get the security they deserve. He was tenacious about convincing the government to commit to ending arbitrary street checks or ‘carding’. As Leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet believes that how we pay for and deliver services to Canadians must work everyone.

Kanika Tekriwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, India

Founder, JetSetGo, India's largest personal air mobility business. JetSetGo is a customer-centric venture aimed at revolutionizing the personal air mobility space in the region. It was conceptualised to bring efficiency and transparency into an otherwise opaque industry systematically having helped aircraft owners, governments and corporations change the way they travel. JetSetGo now has ventured into SkyShuttle. The SkyShuttle vision is to create a transportation platform for inter- and intra-city air connectivity, on-ground infrastructure mapping and development to enable Urban Air Mobility, enabling multimodal point-to-point last-mile connectivity and supporting the regulatory transition as well as development of a more autonomous air traffic management ecosystem. Named to BBC's 100 most inspiring women in the world list, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Recipient, Women Transforming India award 2017 by the United Nations and Government of India, National Entrepreneurship Award by the Government of India. Passionate about empowering and enabling women and works closely with various organizations supporting women from various walks of life.

Oana Bizgan-Gayral

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Romania, Romania

Oana is a Member of the Romanian Parliament and, member of Commission for Equal Opportunities in the Chamber of Deputies. In that capacity, she has devoted her time to upholding a cohesive and just Romanian society through the recent NoHateNoFear Campaign she brought to the country and as the Romanian Representative of the European Parliamentary Assembly Network Women Free from Violence. Prior to that, Oana worked as the Chief of Staff of InvestRomania, Romania's Agency for promoting Foreign Investment. She spent more than 10 years in strategy and implementation roles at consulting firm Roland Berger, Lafarge, the cement manufacturer, and as part of a start-up team. Recognized as a European Young Leader, Oana is consciously dedicated to improving the state of her country and individual lives more broadly.

Max Liu

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EMQ Inc., Taiwan, China

Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ.

A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States.

Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max
to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs of the overseas workers. EMQ was launched in 2014 and offers remittance services
between two countries at a fraction of the price of conventional banks by utilizing aggregation and netting. With a strong presence across Asia, the company partners with
financial institutions and other strategic partners in each country to enable and settle cross-border remittance via banks and various modes for top-up and cash pickup.

Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26 billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure.

Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served
as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group.

Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Sarah Al Suhaimi

Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Saudi Arabia

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.