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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

Chido Govera

Founder and Director, The Future of Hope Foundation, Zimbabwe

Social entrepreneur. Founder, The Future of Hope Foundation. Pioneer in the conversion of coffee grounds from cafes into mushrooms. Through the foundation, Chido fulfills her commitment to ending poverty, abuse, self-pity, and victimhood at the grassroots level in Africa through food security. The simplified sustainable mushroom farming method provides food security by converting organic residues into food, motivating people at different levels to take on entrepreneurial opportunities in both the developed and developing parts of the world. Committed to engaging women and girls in socio-economic development and to reach their full potential. Expertise: edible and medicinal mushrooms.

Andrea Cooper

Strategy Development Manager, Knowsley Youth Mutual, United Kingdom

I started my professional career with Procter & Gamble in Customer Business Development.
After a number of years, I moved into the non-profit sector where I have since enjoyed leadership positions in Common Purpose, UpRising, LFC Foundation, and now Knowsley Youth Mutual. I also enjoyed three years in major project management at the BBC.

I am a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga

Emily Kirsch

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Powerhouse, USA

In 2012, a centralized ecosystem of clean energy entrepreneurs, corporations and venture capitalists did not exist. Emily Kirsch launched Powerhouse in 2013 to be that community. Powerhouse is based in Silicon Valley where it houses and invests in the country's most innovative clean energy entrepreneurs. What sets Powerhouse apart is its focus on technologies and business model innovation that drives a paradigm shift in energy worldwide. Powerhouse has housed over 50 clean energy start-ups and has invested in 17. Powerhouse start-ups have collectively created hundreds of jobs, raised hundreds of millions in capital and have generated hundreds of millions in revenue. She also launched and led Green Jobs Corp, Climate Action Coalition and Oakland Solar Mosaic.

Shamoon Sultan

Chief Executive Officer, Khaadi, Pakistan

Kathryn Koch

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Portfolio Management and Business Strategy, Goldman Sachs, USA

Katie is global head of client portfolio management and business strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity. In this role, she leads our global team of client portfolio managers in the development and communication of our investment and market views. Katie is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group.

Katie serves on the Securities Industry Institute Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named by Financial News as a Rising Star in Asset Management. Additionally, Katie has contributed significantly to the firm’s research efforts on the economic enfranchisement of women in the developing world.

Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

Dee Chu Ying Poon

Managing Director, Brands and Distribution, Esquel Group, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide.

Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong), a member of the Asia Advisory Board at Christie’s, on the International Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center (Cambridge, MA), a Member on the Family Advisory Council of The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd Business School, as well as on the Global Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (Hong Kong & London). She is on the Board of Directors for the Esquel - Y.L. Yang Education Foundation. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.

Actively engaged in the arts, Dee sits on the International Council of the Tate (London), and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation (Beijing & New York), and has served on the Board of Directors of Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong). Dee has also been on the Performance Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council (New York), and was a co-founder of the Ambassadors of Design (Hong Kong). Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as part of 42x42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.

Before joining Esquel, Dee was an Editor-at-Large for iLook Magazine and a featured columnist for Modern Weekly, where she wrote about sustainability. Her 2008 pop-up retail venture DYSEMEVAS was one of the first to highlight the emerging Chinese design scene outside of China.

Dee graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a BA in philosophy

Nathaniel Harding

President, Antioch Energy, USA

An innovator and market maker, Nathaniel Harding's company in 2018 discovered one of the largest new natural gas resources in the United States, pioneered waterless completions, and is a founding investor in an Environmental Protection Agency approved fluid with application in medicine and energy. Viewing education and jobs as critical to fighting poverty, he is a recognized leader for both. The Governor of Oklahoma has named him chairman of the Council for Workforce and Economic Development, and to the White House STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Summit to develop the five-year federal STEM education strategy.

Ronaldo Lemos

Director, Institute for Technology & Society, Brazil

LLM, Harvard. Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab, Oxford and Princeton University. Twenty years of work experience in technology and policy in the private and public sectors. Visiting Professor, Columbia University´s School of International Public Affairs (SIPA). Member of the Board, Mozilla, Access Now!, Stellar. Founder, Institute for Technology & Society of Rio. Partner with PNM Law, a leading law firm specialized in tech in Latin America. Winner of Prix Ars Electronica´s Golden Nica (2007). Co-created Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights Law (2014). Co-created Brazil’s National IoT Plan (2018). Writes weekly for Brazil’s main newspaper (Folha de S. Paulo) and hosts a weekly show on national TV about technology.

Tshering Lama

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Idea Studio Nepal, Nepal

Tshering graduated from Northumbria University, UK with BSc (HONS) Health Development Studies, Masters of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Telemedicine. He was awarded with the first ever Lord Glenamara International Scholarship in recognition of his efforts in improving public health and the environment through volunteering.

In 2006, Tshering won the International Student of the Year 2006 in the UK. This award was honoured by the university establishing the ‘Tshering Lama Northumbria University Scholarships’, which provide 20 scholarships a year for Nepalese students.

In 2010, Tshering returned to Nepal to found Childreach Nepal (www.childreachnp.org) – an independent, locally registered charity that works in partnership with local communities to improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection.

Tshering is a strong believer in bringing the right people together to find new and innovative ways of changing the lives of young people. One of the best demonstrations of this is his key role in co-creating the Idea Studio Nepal. Launched 2014, as a joint initiative with UNICEF Nepal, the Idea Studio has created a platform for Nepalese people with enterprising ideas to change society by providing them with mentoring at Kathmandu University, investment to turn promising ideas viable businesses and giving them national exposure by telling their journey through one of Nepal’s first reality TV shows.

Today, Idea Studio Nepal is legally registered not-for-profit company in Nepal and successfully completed its 2nd Season. Currently, Tshering is leading as the Chairperson and co-founder of Idea Studio Nepal and giving much of his time in developing a complete ecosystem of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nepal to ignite social change.