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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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Heba Aly

Director, The New Humanitarian, Switzerland

Runs a leading source of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises: www.thenewhumanitarian.org. The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) amplifies the voices of those affected by conflicts and natural disasters to drive more effective and accountable responses by the international community. Multimedia journalist; spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before joining the transition team that led IRIN's spin-off from the United Nations to a non-profit media organization. Work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and IRIN, among others, has taken her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for work in northern Sudan. Recent TEDx Talk – "Stop Eating Junk News" – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones. Regular commentator on media coverage of crises, as well as humanitarian aid policy, in published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. 2018, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Forum's Global Future Council for the Humanitarian System. Named by New African Magazine one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018. Speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction, United Kingdom

Bachelor's (Hons) in Modern History, Oxford University; Master's in Industrial Relations, LSE. Chief Executive, ShareAction, a UK-based NGO that promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. Board Member, Green Alliance, the UK's leading environmental think tank. On the investment committee, Trust for London, a charitable trust. Expertise: responsible investment; shareholder activism for public benefit; community organizing; environmental finance; labour standards and the living wage; corporate and investor governance.

Dave Duarte

Chief Executive Officer, Treeshake, South Africa

As founder of Treeshake, helps build movements towards the UN Global Goals. Also serves as Chairman of the Reach Trust, a non-profit developing mobile apps used by millions of South Africans to improve their literacy, numeracy, and employability. Previous leadership roles in advertising, media, and tertiary education.

Patricia Cobian

Chief Financial Officer, Telefónica UK, United Kingdom

MSc in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICAI, Madrid. Experienced TMT executive. Started career at Hewlett-Packard. Former Member, Telecommunications and Corporate Finance practices, McKinsey & Company, Madrid, New York and London. Most recently, Managing Director, Business Development, Telefonica Europe; key role in Telefonica's strategy, portfolio management, the development of multiple infrastructure partnerships and an increasing focus on business model transformation and digitalization. Member of the Supervisory Board, Telefonica Deutschland. Director, Wayra I+D, Telefonica's global network of start-up accelerators. Strong supporter of the Red Cross and of Borne, an initiative launched to prevent disability and death in childbirth and to create life-long health for mothers and babies in the UK and overseas.

Yvonne Li

Board Member, Shanghai Dukang Healthcare Management, People's Republic of China

Adjunct Professor, Peking University Global Health Research Institute. Executive Director, China Dukang Healthcare. Chairperson and Founder, International China Ageing Industry Association. Developing innovative projects and strategies for China's burgeoning healthcare and long-term care industries, working with a range of partners from governments, development financial institutions, academic institutions, healthcare firms and the social sector. Pioneering high-quality healthcare services with the use of data-driven insights, healthcare management solutions, medical IOT technologies and other technologies. Also advises various bureaus from China and Hong Kong on social innovation, impact investing, aging and healthcare. Has pioneered impact investing in the Asia-Pacific region and has worked with financial institutions in investment banking, commercial banking, and hedge fund trading. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of a practitioner's handbook in Chinese on Managing and operating elderly facilities; author of a blog on self-mastery, consciousness and oneness (www.cosmic-dance.net); also sharing knowledge and communicating through wellness programmes, self-mastery workshops and speaking engagements.

Sarah bint Yousif Al-Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Minister of State for Advanced Sciences. Responsibilities include enhancing the contributions of advanced sciences to the development of the United Arab Emirates and its economy. Chairperson of the United Arab Emirates Council of Scientists and Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Started career in the sciences as a Programme Engineer on Dubai Sat-1 and Dubai Sat-2. Bachelor's and Baster’s in Computer Engineering, American University of Sharjah.

Johannes Weber

Founder and Managing Partner, Ananda Impact Ventures, Germany

Johannes Weber began his career as an entrepreneur and has, among other things, founded and developed a career service for those with high potential. Following this, he worked for a mutual fund company and became managing director in 2006. After a successful IPO of the holding company, he became involved with PANDA Investment Management, an investment company with a focus on sustainable investments and a former partner of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He sold PANDA Investment Management in 2008 and funded the Social Venture Fund in 2009. Weber was part of the NATO Kosovo Forces (KFOR) in Pristina, Kosovo, in 1999. He is a graduate of the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and has also studied at the HEC in Lausanne. This is in addition to studying entrepreneurship and finance at the International Business School in Budapest. 

Sue Anne Tay

Head of Strategy & Planning, Singapore, Singapore

Sue Anne Tay is Head of Strategy & Planning for HSBC in Singapore. She works closely with the CEO and businesses to develop and execute HSBC's strategic vision and business development plans for Singapore. Priorities include growing Singapore as an ASEAN hub; capturing international flows, infrastructure-related opportunities and sustainable finance opportunities; scaling up SME business; investing in digital capabilities; growing the domestic retail business, and scaling up Singapore as offshore wealth hub.

Tay has spent a decade in diverse roles across HSBC's China and Group operations. Most recently, she served as HSBC's group strategy lead for RMB (renminbi) internationalization, where she helps to design and implement the bank's RMB business strategy across its global network. She was also based in Shanghai for over five years driving China's organic business in mainland China and executed strategic projects.

As a champion of next-generation thought leadership, Tay also co-leads Young China Watchers (YCW), a non-profit whose mission is to foster a network of 5,000 China-focused young professionals across Asia, Europe and the US as future China thought leaders. In a personal capacity, she has launched research platforms ShanghaiStreetStories.com and ChinainCentralAsia.com, which have been featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian and Asia Society, among others.

Through her roles as WEF Young Global Leader and Global Director for Young China Watchers, she has been actively engaged on issues close to her heart including China's evolving global role, ASEAN economic development, sustainable finance and female leadership in private/public sectors.

Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata

Founder and President, Manos Visibles, Colombia

Paula Moreno is former Minister of Culture of Colombia - the youngest woman and first Afro descendant to be appointed as a cabinet minister in the country’s history. She founded and now serves as President of Manos Visibles (Visible Hands). In 2010 she was selected by the Council of the Americas as one of the most influential young leaders in the region for her work on effectively? understanding diversity. She received the Unita Blackwell Award in 2009 from the National Conference of Black Mayors of the United States as one of the most influential Black leaders in the world. For her service to the Government of Colombia and the nation as Minister of Culture, Paula was awarded the Order of Saint Charles in 2010 by President Uribe, and in 2011 she was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa for her contribution to the improvement of Colombia/Mexico relations during her term as Minister of Culture. Paula holds a Mas ter’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, she was a United States Fulbright scholar for the program of urban and regional planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?(MIT) and Yale World Fellow 2014. More recently, she was selected as 2014 BBC Women leaders in the Word. She is currently a board member of the Ford Foundation.