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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
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
Hanli Prinsloo is a multiple South African freediving record holder and Founder/ CEO of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa her love of nature and the need of wilderness experiences were instilled at an early age.
With a background in social political documentary filmmaking, Hanli has travelled the world seeking and telling stories of transformation, hope and inspiration. Focusing on her sport Hanli excelled at competitive freediving and is a sought-after coach. At present her energy is channelled into ocean conservation through human experience, reconnecting people with nature through the innovative I AM WATER ocean workshops offered to underserved coastal communities globally. She is also the co-founder of acclaimed luxury adventure travel company I AM WATER Ocean Travel offering bespoke ocean adventures for paying clients as sustainable fundraising and continued advocacy. Her personal quest being freediving with marine megafauna has resulted in numerous exhibitions, films and articles about the human/animal connection, she is also an acclaimed inspirational speaker.
Vice-President, Product, RelateIQ. Has held a variety of roles in academia, industry and government, including: Data Scientist in Residence, Greylock Partners; Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer and Head of Analytics and Data Product Teams, LinkedIn Corporation. Additionally, roles at Skype, PayPal and eBay. As a member of the faculty, University of Maryland, focused on non-linear dynamics and chaos theory. As AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Department of Defense, directed new efforts to leverage social network analysis and the melding of computational and social sciences to anticipate emerging threats to the US. Co-founded the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL).
Formerly: worked for the non-profit sector across the US and in Asia; Fellow on Asian public policy, Harvard Kennedy School. 2007, joined the United Nations; currently, Head of Asia and Oceania, United Nations Global Compact, overseeing over 15 country networks and operations across the region. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of Responsibility Changes the World-UN Global Compact Leading Business Revolution Worldwide. Speaks at global and regional conferences on the topics of corporate social responsibility, inclusive business, climate change, cross-sector partnership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
High level M&A, advisory and governance expert in Infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, and public private partnership projects. Working on energy sustainability, climate change, and competitive energy market issues. Sits on many local and global boards including: Chairperson, Government Holdings ($500 million revenue Government of Pakistan oil and gas holding company); Central Power Procurement Authority (Government of Pakistan entity responsible for purchasing the country’s power); Member of the Board and President of Audit Committee, Mari Petroleum Company Limited; Member of the Board of Intellectual Property Rights Organization (Government of Pakistan); Member of the Executive Committee, Board of Investment (Government of Pakistan). Was part of the team that drafted Pakistan’s first “Code of Governance for Public Sector Entities”. Member of the Board of Governors, The Helpcare Society (managing schools for underprivileged children). Board and Global Council Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). Former Independent Director: ISE-Real Estate Investment Trust; Islamabad Electric Supply Corporation and Islamabad Stock Exchange. Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy. Young Global Leader of WEF and also a member of YGL Advisory Group. MBA, Lahore University of Management Sciences; LLB, University of London; ACCA; also attended the National Security Workshop, National Defence University Pakistan; Global Leadership and Public Policy module, Harvard Kennedy School; and Transformational Leadership module, Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Named Secretary of State for Youth Affairs in the national unity government since September 2016. At earlier Adviser to the Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy, between July 2015 and August 2016, responsible for the relaunch of the co development sector. I also accompanied the minister of development, international cooperation and investment in the administrative reform of his ministry, in the period between February 2015 and July 2015. Originally a management consultant specializing in organizational issues and operational performance in the public sector. Political board member of the party Afek Tounes, represented in Parliament by 8 deputies. Candidate in the 2011 and 2014 parliamentary elections on the Tunis region.
Silvia Console Battilana
Silvia Console Battilana is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Economics Department of Stanford University, specializing in auctions and designing new markets in sectors such as energy, transportation, radio spectrum, rough diamonds, water rights, fishing rights, internet ads, natural resources. She co-founder high stakes auctions company Auctionomics with Professor Paul Milgrom, with clients across four continents, including the US government for the Incentive Auction and Fortune 500 companies in Mexico, France, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Morocco, Norway and Australia. Console Battilana has been an invited speaker at universities worldwide, including Harvard, Berkley and MIT. She was named “40 Under 40” by the business journal, 40 under 40 europe and is active in philanthropy and gender parity initiatives in Silicon Valley. In 2009 she co-founded TEDxSV. Console Battilana holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
Ruzwana is Founder & CEO of Peek, disrupting the $150bn global activities industry. The Peek.com marketplace helps consumers book the best activities (from art tours to ziplining), while the PeekPro.com back-end tools help tour operators to power online booking and grow their businesses. Peek has raised $40 million in funding and provides over 10,000 things to do in destinations across the US and Mexico.
Ruzwana was selected as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and recognized as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Ruzwana started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at the Blackstone Group. Ruzwana has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA from Oxford University where she was President of the Oxford Union.