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.
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
With a substantial background in foreign affairs and policies, Kamissa Camara became the first woman to hold the post of minister of forieng affairs in the history of Mali. Before her appointment, she served as a diplomatic adviser to President Keita. As a diplomatic adviser to the president, Camara has been vocal about the need for strategic partnerships between Mali and other countries, including China. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, which provides a platform for stakeholders to promote peace, security and development across the Sahel. Camara holds a master’s in international economics and development from Université Pierre Mendès, France after completing a bachelor's in applied foreign languages, specializing in international relations, from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France).
Dr Christian Kroll is a social scientist, international thought-leader on the historic Agenda 2030, and the creator of the first monitoring tool to measure country performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, he serves as the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index reports which are produced annually with UN Special Advisor Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and he heads the SDG project at Bertelsmann Stiftung. He gained a PhD from the London School of Economics and authored numerous articles in scientific journals and policy-oriented reports, including "Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready" with a foreword by Kofi Annan. Christian is also a Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he developed the country’s first university course on the SDGs. He taught classes at the London School of Economics and held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as Jacobs University Bremen. His research has featured in national and international media such as the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, ARD, Spiegel Online among others.
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.
Former Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh, India. One of the youngest ministers in the country. Is passionate about cultivating a robust business-friendly environment and accelerating technology penetration and rural development.
Diane Binder is the founding partner of Regenopolis, a pan-African and international venture supporting the development of regenerative cities in Africa.
Between 2010 and 2019, she held senior positions at SUEZ, a global industry leader solving water access and waste management challenges, as Senior VP for International Development. Diane was appointed in 2017 as a member of the French President Emmanuel Macron's Advisory Council for Africa (CPA) and co-founder and president of Action Emploi Réfugiés, the leading job placement online platform providing access to jobs to refugees in France. Before joining Suez, Binder held a number of positions in consulting and investment related to private sector development, climate and economic empowerment in Africa and the Mediterranean region.
Xavier Duportet is a genome architect. He cofounded Eligo Bioscience in 2014, while doing his PhD in Synthetic Biology at MIT and INRIA. He raised over €3M to develop a new generation of ultra-precise biotherapeutics to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria and sculpt our microbiome using genetic engineering. He is an MIT TR35, Forbes 30 Under 30 and was elected French Innovator of the year by the MIT Technology Review. He was recently awarded French PhD-Entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation Norbert Segard, as one of the 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Europe, and French Young Leader by the Leadership Circle. Xavier is also the founder and president of Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit organization, operating in 45 countries, which goal is to accelerate the development of deeptech startups that transform disruptive scientific technologies into products or services to solve societal and industrial challenges. He has already raised more than $6M for this cause. Every year, the organisation receives more than 5000 startup applications from the best research centers worldwide, gathers more than 1000 deeptech founders via more than 100 events with iconic leaders such as Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Deepmind, CTO at NASA, CEO at Unity Biotech, Emmanuel Macron and many others, and distributes more than $1M in prizes to the most promising early-stage science startups.
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Rhea is a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ (YGL) and a member of the CII National Committee on Women Empowerment & Clean Air. Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Prior to founding Ecoware, Rhea was a senior sales executive at Pfizer Inc., UK .
From the UK, Rhea moved to India where she founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. One of Rhea’s greatest successes has been persuading the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to Ecoware biodegradables trays. Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Salesforce and the National Commission for Women in India.
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.
Lamya Al Haj holds a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biology from UCL and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from UNSW. She is a researcher on biodiesel alternatives to oil, and an Associate Professor at the Sultan Qaboos University. Lamya founded a speakers' platform in GCC region “Jalasat Mulhimoon” to showcase role models and inspire younger generations. She has spoken at conferences and corporate events including Harvard and IMD Middle East Alumni conferences on leadership. She was recently selected as a judge for an MIT based competition “Innovators under 35” organized by MIT Technology Review. She is the founder of “Coach4Change” where she worked alongside and supported senior government officials, CEOs, business leaders and boards around the country. She received numerous awards & recognitions including the “Boban Marcovic Prize in Environmental Science”, The “Gulf Intelligence - Occidental Award”, “National Research Award”, “Omani Woman Award 2019” for her innovation, and the prestigious “L’Oréal UNESCO award for women in science- Middle east fellowship award”- 2018. She is also a Fellow at The World Academy of Science (TWAS 2019-2023 affiliate).