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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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Daniel Hyunsung Shin

Co-Founder and CEO, Ticket Monster, Republic of Korea

Daniel Hyunsung Shin is a young and passionate entrepreneur. His company, Ticket Monster, is one of the largest e-commerce companies in South Korea, with over 1,000 employees. In addition, he has been acting as the online incubator director. Prior to Ticket Monster, he was with McKinsey & Company. He received a BSc from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Lopez Castano

CEO, Semana Publishing Group, Colombia

Personal profile María Lopez is one of the youngest sustainability leaders in the region and one of the pioneers of sustainability in media in Colombia. Amongst her major achievements is creation of the Semana Foundation, which has focused its work in the eradication of extreme poverty in those places most affected by armed conflict through a multidimensional approach.

Her work in sustainability has focused in transforming Publicaciones Semana, one of the most influential media conglomerates in the country, into a Media Company that has sustainability at its strategic core. She is the founder and director of Semana Sostenible, a leading quarterly magazine focused on sustainable development. In addition, she serves on the board member of several social and environmental organizations.

María is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes and holds an Environmental Management Masters Degree from the Universidad de los Andes, in addition to a post-graduate degree in Human Rights from American University. She is a mother of two, an undercover activist, and a philanthropist.

Julia Bacha

Filmmaker and Creative Director, Just Vision, USA

Julia Bacha is a media strategist and award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai International Film Festivals, and broadcast on the BBC, HBO, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television channels. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University in 2003, she has strategically used film to highlight under documented stories from the Middle East. Julia started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she co-wrote and edited Jehane Noujaim's critically acclaimed documentary, Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer's Guild of America Award. Control Room marked the first time most Americans were exposed to an inside view of Al Jazeera and generated wide public debate about US media coverage during the war in Iraq. Since 2004, Julia has been working closely with Ronit Avni to develop and implement Just Vision's media strategy. She wrote and co-directed Encounter Point (2006), which was broadcast on Al Arabiya and endorsed by the Israeli Education ministry, directed and produced Budrus (2009), which had a palpable impact on US and Arab media coverage of nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, and directed and produced My Neighbourhood (2012), which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. She has been a guest on numerous television shows such as Charlie Rose, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchel Reports and Al Jazeera's Frost over the World. For her influential work in shaping media in the US and beyond, Julia is the co-recipient of the 2009 King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2010 Search for Common Ground Award, 2011 Ridenhour Film Prize and the 2012 O Globo “Faz Diferença” Award. Julia is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and her TED talk “Pay Attention to Nonviolence” has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak

Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Lawyer. Professional practice in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. 1998, started political career by actively engaging in students issues and community activities. 2008, elected Member of Parliament - youngest member of Parliament; member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT Ministry and Private Members' Bill. 2014, re-elected to Parliament; since January 2014, Minister of State; youngest minister in the history of Bangladesh. As Minister of ICT, has ensured affordable internet for rural populations, building high-tech parks, human resources development and IT industry promotion, e-governance and e-service delivery and creating a vibrant start-up ecosystem in Bangladesh. Interests: issues related to innovation and digital entrepreneurship, climate change, women’s empowerment through technology, inclusive development, etc.

Helen Hai

Goodwill Ambassador, UNIDO Regional Office China, People's Republic of China

BA in Actuarial Science and MSc in Actuarial Management, CASS Business School, London; EMBA, INSEAD and Tsinghua University. Trained as an actuary, United Kingdom. Nearly 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. Currently, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador for industrialization in Africa.

She is leading the Blockchain charity foundation which is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to using blockchain for transparent philanthropy and achievement of SDG. It was initiated by Binance, the largest crytocurrency exchange by trading volume in the world.

Concurrently, Founder of Made in Africa Initiative, which advises African governments on industrialization and investment promotion. Co-Founder, C&H Garments, which is a pioneer pan-Africa export-oriented garment manufacturer. Committee Member, Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. Young Global Leader and Co-Chair, Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption, World Economic Forum. Recipient of awards and honours, including African Business Icon Award (2015); Officer of the National Order of Lion of Senegal (2016).

Laura Storm

Founder, Regenerators, Denmark

Laura is the Founder of the Regenerators a pioneering collective focused on aiding the transformation to design, organizations, cities and life build on nature’s regenerative value-creating principles.
Laura has spent her entire career working in the intersection between business, sustainability, climate change policy and innovation leading and creating impact- and purpose-driven organizations, conferences, campaigns and movements. All have they focused on engaging the business world in the global transformation to sustainability and includes the Copenhagen Climate Council, the World Business Summit on Climate Change, Project Green Light, and Sustainia and now Regenerators. For her work she has been awarded the title ‘Worldchanger’ by Greenbiz and is selected by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’. She serves on the Board for the Danish Design Council and is part of World Economic Forum’s Expert Network on sustainable development and climate change. Laura also hosts the podcast Cracks of Light - Leadership for a thriving world that engage leaders in a dialogue around the needed paradigm shift towards regeneration instead of degeneration.

Laura received the 2013 Worldchanger Award by Greenbiz.

She holds a Master in Political Communication and Leadership, Copenhagen Business School.

Connie M. Chan

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, USA

Connie Chan is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley based technology venture capital firm. Since joining Andreessen Horowitz in 2011, Ms. Chan has been working closely with startups, and spearheaded the firm’s Asia network helping companies navigate Asia opportunities. Her writing has sparked new debate about innovation in China, and her writing on WeChat won a Sidney award in 2015. Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, she worked at HP and led its webOS efforts in China. She started her career as a private equity investor at Elevation Partners, investing in media and entertainment. She has been named a LinkedIn NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Ms. Chan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford.

Maria Soledad Nuñez Mendez

Academic Director, Public Policy Program, UCOM University, United Kingdom

Paraguay’s former Minister of Housing and Habitat. At the age of 31, she became the youngest Minister of the Executive Branch. Soledad oversaw a dramatic increase in the production of social housing for low-income households having worked with more than 30,000 families in her country. She also transformed the ministry from a housing-focused institution into a technical institution responsible for coordinating the implementation of the country’s New Urban Agenda. As part of that effort, she led the National Committee of Habitat, which included more than 50 public and private institutions. Soledad was also elected President of the Regional Assembly of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015. 

Before, Soledad coordinated the implementation of a National Poverty Eradication Plan and was an active leader in the Development of the Paraguayan Open Government Plan from the Technical Planning Secretariat for Social and Economic Development in the President's office. She has also served as National Director of TECHO Paraguay, a non-governmental organization that provides emergency housing solutions and promotes the active involvement of young people in the policy making process. During her time in TECHO, she was able to mobilize more than 15,000 young people for the cause. Currently, she is leading a training program for 150 public servants in Paraguay at UCOM University and belongs to the Advisory Board of the World Bank's initiative "Paraguay Ahora" which aims to promote social dialogues among young people to build a better future. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NGO "Enseña por Paraguay" (Teach for all-Paraguay) and founding member of the women's network UNIDAS between Latin America and Germany.

Soledad began her professional career in the private sector implementing social infrastructure projects in rural areas. She has a degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Asunción, studied Project Management in the Polytechnic University of Madrid, is an alumni of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University and has a Master's degree of Public Policy at Oxford University. 

Manuella Kaster

Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Manuella Kaster is a Neuroscientist and an Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Florianopolis-Brazil). Her research group uses basic science and clinical studies to understand the biological mechanisms associated with stress vulnerability and psychiatric disorders, considered a major public health concern worldwide. In 2014 her research was recognized with the L’Oréal, UNESCO and Brazilian Academy of Sciences prize “For Women in Science” and she was nominated as a young member for the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2018-2021).