Who we are
The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.
Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.
Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.
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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
Usman Ahmed is the Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal. His work covers a variety of global issues including financial services regulation, innovation, international trade and entrepreneurship. He has given talks on these subjects at conferences and universities around the world and has published in the World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report, Journal of World Trade and the Michigan Journal of International Law. Ahmed is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School where he teaches courses on international law and policy issues related to the Internet. Prior to PayPal, Usman worked at a number of policy think tanks in the Washington DC area focusing on good governance issues. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan, MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and BA from the University of Maryland.
Susana is an entrepreneur recognized in the compliance industry for her work and professional experience in integrity, anti-corruption, transparency, development of organizational culture, and implementation and promotion of good practices within companies. Susana, who resides in Miami, is the CEO of BH Compliance, a global company with offices in Chile and the United States. BH Compliance, founded over a decade ago, provides an innovative tech platform to monitor corporate compliance programs to protect companies, their board of directors and employees from liability. The firm’s technology ensures the processes created to prevent corruption are correctly defined and implemented. Supported by Blockchain, the platform generates real-time evidence to detect risks associated with hiring staff, suppliers, a company’s cash outflows and more. The monitoring allows parent companies to keep tight compliance control on their subsidiaries and promote transparency among domestic and international business partners.
Ms. Sierra, a pioneer in the compliance monitoring industry, has been recognized as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum for her influential work. In June 2022, she participated on a panel at the IX Summit of the Americas where she addressed an audience of CEOs and business leaders. She discussed the importance of fostering a culture of transparency and the use of technology to fight corporate corruption. Ms. Sierra’s opinion on compliance-related matters is often sought after by reporters in the US and Chile. As a member of the Forbes Business Council, Ms. Sierra is a contributor to Forbes.
Susana is also involved in the community. For example, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Chilean Chapter of Transparency International NGO. From 2017 to 2022, she served on the board of Correos de Chile SA, putting into practice her knowledge of Corporate Governance and enhancing the importance of integrity. She co-created the compliance diploma courses at the Catholic University of Chile and lectures at various universities worldwide. Ms. Sierra is co-author of Corrupción a la carta, a book that describes common bad practices in Latin America, and a columnist for several newspapers in Chile.
Roberto is a Venezuelan social entrepreneur focused on democracy and human rights. He holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and a BS in manufacturing engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar. Patiño is the founder of the NGOs Mi Convive and Alimenta La Solidaridad that work in 240 vulnerable communities empowering +4,500 women volunteers to feed daily 25,000 children and reduce violence in hot spots. Patiño is an expert in citizen security, negotiation, and conflict resolution with studies on mediation at ETH Zurich. Roberto is a boardmember of Primero Justicia, a political party. He is a former leader of the student movement. He currently resides in Caracas, Venezuela.
Siwan (Swan) Lu
Siwan (Swan) Lu is Principal of Global Business Platforms at Zurich Insurance. She is an entrepreneurial, global-minded and result-driven business leader, with extensive international experience in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and mainland China, particularly in the fields of business, product and project development, as well as marketing, innovation and strategy. Lu cares about social wellness and education, and advises social enterprises, providing training to senior care organizations. As an advocate for social equality, she was the co-chair of the Harvard China Education Symposium and is currently on the Board of the Alumni Network for Harvard Women, Switzerland. She was awarded the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award. Lu is a certified yoga teacher and she loves conducting free, after-work yoga classes to her colleagues. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German
Esha Mansingh is a young business leader, serving as the first and only woman and youngest member of the executive committee of Imperial Logistics, a leading African focused logistics business. She also serves as a non-executive board member of numerous organizations. As an advocate for women empowerment and social impact, Mansingh leads global social impact initiatives across Africa, focusing on healthcare, education, skills development and women empowerment. As the chair of Imperial's Global Women's forum, Mansingh drives many women-led empowerment initiatives. Mansingh also co-chairs the WEF New Champions chapter in South Africa. In addition, she is a TV presenter, motivational speaker and a multi-award winner, having been recognised among 100 Most Successful Women in Business in the World 2021 by GTC, a Top 50 Power of Women 2021 by Mail and Guardian, Positive Role Model for Listed Companies in Southern Africa by Accenture Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2021 and receiving an honorary doctorate in humanitarianism.
I joined EY Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 8 years ago and in 2019 became the first-ever woman partner in our Saudi member firm, as well as the youngest ever. Today I lead EY’s Tax Controversy practice in Saudi Arabia. My work at EY includes advising KSA-based large local/multinational groups and family businesses on tax advisory assignments and tax- and zakat-compliance matters. I also provides international tax-structuring advisory services to Saudi Arabian inbound and outbound clients and investors, and have worked on a number of tax due-diligence assignments for private-equity and corporate clients for transactions in Saudi Arabia. I am specialize in projects in the Government and Public Sector (GPS) and lead on many government giga projects. I also serve as a member of the Saudi B20 Task Force I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from King Saud University, with First Class Honours. I am a Certified Public Accountant with membership in the Saudi Organization of Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA). I serve as a board member in the Saudi Accounting Association and Prince Sultan University committee. I also deliver honorary lectures on Taxation at Prince Faisal University.
Eduardo Leite is 37 years old and is the first re-elected governor in the history of Rio Grande do Sul. He was born in Pelotas, on March 10th, 1985. He was the youngest governor in Brazil during his first term. At the beginning of the 2019-2022 term, he promoted a series of structural reforms to counter the public budget deficit in the state. With an agenda focused on dialogue and on opening up the State to the private initiative, he approved the privatization of state-owned companies, highway concessions, a new Environmental Code and a gradual reduction in taxes. With the result of the reforms carried out, he promoted, through the Avançar program, investments in all areas of the State, totalling BRL 6.5 billion in resources. Mr. Leite was mayor of the municipality Pelotas between 2013 and 2016. Before his term of office, he was municipal secretary, councilor and president of the municipal council. He ended his term as mayor with 87% popular approval in opinion polls. The governor holds a bachelor's degree in Law, he studied Public Policy at Columbia University, in New York, USA, and attained a master's degree in Public Management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
Margot Edelman is the third generation in her family business, Edelman PR, and leads the Bay Area Hub, which includes the San Francisco and Sacramento offices for the company. In her role as General Manager, she advises tech giants and industry disruptors alike on how to build trust and reputation.
Matthew Guilford is co-founder and CEO of Common Health, a purpose-driven company that uses mobile technology to advance universal health coverage. Through an innovative model that integrates telemedicine, last mile service delivery, and health financing benefits, Common Health improves access to care and reduces out-of-pocket costs for families with complex health needs like pregnancy, early childhood health, and non-communicable diseases. Since launching services in Myanmar in April 2021, the company has grown to serve more than 30,000 members through a blended business model that integrates consumer sales and donor support.
Prior to founding Common Health, Guilford served as co-founder, chief commercial officer, and chief growth officer of Telenor Health, a part of global telecommunications company Telenor Group. Over the course of five years living and working in Dhaka, he helped to scale health coverage to more than five million clients across Bangladesh.
He holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and a degree in biological basis of behavior (behavioral neuroscience) from the University of Pennsylvania. He splits his time between Yangon, Myanmar and Providence, Rhode Island, USA.