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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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Meet our members

Valeri Chekheria

Chief Executive Officer, Adjara Group Hospitality, Georgia

Valeri has emerged as a key business leader in the region through his innovative approach to implementing modern business values to the Georgian community.

Under his leadership Adjara Group has built a diverse portfolio of internationally renowned hotels and trend-setting new entrepreneurial projects including a large-scale agricultural and farming development initiative in Eastern region of Georgia.

Valeri is a dedicated philanthropist involved in several charitable causes and leads the company’s CSR efforts. He is Chairman of the Board of the Global Compact Network Georgia as well as a board-member of the McLain Association Children.

Prior to taking leadership of the company in 2011 he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Finance. Valeri graduated from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, where he completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA).

As a recognition of his achievements Valeri was nominated in 2018 by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Young Global Leaders’ program along with 100 of the world’s most promising, business leaders, public servants, technologists, social entrepreneurs and artists.

Bengi Korkmaz

Partner, McKinsey & Company, Turkey

passionate about:

-media industry

-emerging markets technology adoption

-women empowerment

-education-to-employment

Farhan Latif

President, El-Hibri Foundation, USA

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross-sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. His work is inspired by democratic values and universal norms shared by faith traditions and his leadership has challenged global extremism and ideologically motivated hate. He leads the DC-based El-Hibri Foundation, focused on intersectional coalition building around religion, race and gender equity, and investing in minority leaders and allies to build capacity and resilience. Previously, in his capacity as executive director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, he advised White House officials, Homeland Security and other agencies on issues tied to national security and equity.

Serey Chea

Assistant Governor, National Bank of Cambodia, Cambodia

Assistant Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. One of the few women leaders in central banking and a strong advocate of financial literacy and women?s access to finance. Has led to the incorporation of financial literacy into Cambodia’s general education programme and a proof of concept on the use of blockchain technology to make financial transactions more affordable studied and the pilot launched in 2019. Co-founded an NGO, sits on a number of others that focus on healthcare, and champions greater collaboration between NGOs and governments.

Yancey Strickler

Cofounder, Kickstarter Inc., USA

Yancey Strickler is a writer, speaker, and cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications. He's currently writing a book.

Agnes Budzyn

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SFI, USA

Agnes is an operator, investor and entrepreneur. Co-Founder and Managing Partner at SFI.
She invests in and advises organizations in financial technology, blockchain, digital assets and business services. She focus on the early stage and seed investments. She build and lead the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, focusing on growth strategy, operations, and acquisition strategy for over 40 early-stage companies in the portfolio. ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock before ConsenSys, Agnes stands at the intersection between the legacy financial industry and emerging blockchain-enabled fintech solutions. Her years in traditional finance provided her first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She performed country-wide financial reviews of Ireland and Greece and others for the European Central Bank. Agnes maintains relationships with financial institutions, government bodies, and central banks. In this capacity, Agnes informs, collaborates, and strategizes blockchain-related solutions with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure this groundbreaking technology is adopted quickly and efficiently. Agnes has spoken on blockchain technology and its applications at events held by the FDIC, GW University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Finance Committee. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities".

Bernardo Asuaje

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Grupo Attia (Colombia), Colombia

Bernardo is a vibrant young entrepreneur with a strong sense of purpose in a local industry dominated by large traditional real estate developers. In a country of more than 6 million senior citizens, Bernardo has undertaken the task of designing and building projects that can provide high-quality residences, care and wellness programs for the elderly and has shown signs of always being on the cusp of innovation for social integration in urbanism.

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 17 Ventures, Jordan

Chairperson of 17 Ventures, which has co-launched the Jordan Growth and Impact Fund. Founder of Landmark Hotels, Jordan’s leading hospitality business. Chosen as Jordan’s Top Businesswoman in 2019 and as one of Forbes Most Powerful Arab Women for several years. Young Global Leader and Member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System, World Economic Forum.

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.