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.

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Meet our members

Nami Chung

Director, Asan Nanum Foundation, Republic of Korea

Lydie Hudson

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability, Research and Investment Solutions, Credit Suisse, USA

Lydie Hudson is the CEO of Sustainability, Research and Investment Solutions and a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group. In her role, Ms. Hudson oversees the bank’s development of innovative research, advisory, and investment solutions for wealth management, corporate and institutional clients. Furthermore she is responsible for the firm’s sustainability strategy – including driving the product and advisory offering. Ms. Hudson also co-leads Credit Suisse’s employee culture strategy.Previously, Ms. Hudson was the Group Chief Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Officer. In this role, she oversaw Credit Suisse's compliance and regulatory environment, the bank’s policies and controls while serving as an executive on the firm’s Audit Committee and Financial Crime and Conduct Committee. Prior to that, Ms. Hudson was the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Markets division and a member of the Global Markets Management Committee. In this role she oversaw strategy, technology, and operations for the division. In addition, she worked in various management and strategy roles across the Equities, Fixed Income, and Asset Management departments. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2008, Ms. Hudson worked at Lehman Brothers and The Boston Consulting Group.Ms. Hudson was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017 where she is serving a 5 year term. In addition, she currently sits on the board of Good Shepherd Services, a large non-profit in New York.Ms. Hudson holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where she was honored for her exceptional contribution to the HBS community. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College where she graduated cum laude and with honors.An American, Ms. Hudson is married with two sons and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Camilla Hagen Sørli

Member of the Board, Canica, Norway

Camilla is one of the owners of Canica Group, one of the largest privately owned investment companies in Norway. (Orkla ASA, Arcus ASA, Komplett). She serves as the Chair of the Board of Canica Investor, in addition holding board positions at other corporate companies including Canica AS and Jotun AS (global coatings company). Camilla holds several years of experience within retail, sustainability, consumer behavior, marketing, management, business development and strategy, currently working as Marketing Manager in Orkla. She has among others obtained executive education from Harvard Kennedy School and BI, Norwegian School of Management. Camilla is passionate about working to always improve the environmental and social footprints of Canica, and Orkla ASA was recently ranked among the top 100 most sustainable companies in the world by WEF. Being an advocate for women and health she is a Founding Member of Maverick Collective and also Nexus Norway. Camilla is using her voice for promoting female leadership and diversity as the Chair of SHE Community and was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018. She lives in Oslo with husband and 4 children

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Aminata Kane Ndiaye is the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Sierra Leone. Prior to this appointment, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for Orange Money in Senegal, a business that has grown exponentially and become profitable in the past two years. From 2009 to 2011, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in France and Africa, designing strategies and operations for telecommunication and technology providers, banks, and consumer goods manufacturers in Europe and West Africa. She is a graduate from HEC Paris, earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a MIT Legatum fellow. In 2017, she was selected as a Young Global Leaders of the Africa-France Foundation.

Adam Kinzinger

Congressman from Illinois (R), 16th District, United States House of Representatives, USA

Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois. Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment in the 116th Congress. His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad. Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress. During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has worked tirelessly for IL-16, and for the security of our nation. From getting veterans back to work, to combatting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight for his constituents and stand up for America.

Lukas Nelson

Band Leader, Promise of The Real, USA

Lukas Autry Nelson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and philanthropist who began his career playing shows with his father, country music singer Willie Nelson, in the early 2000s. He joined his father's band at the age of 13, touring as his rhythm guitarist and learning the logistics of tours and being on the road. Nelson attended Loyola Marymount University, where he formed the band Promise of the Real in 2008. The band produced a pair of full-length LPs in 2010 and 2012 while touring; on the side, he worked with his father on his 2012 album, Heroes, which featured a number of father-and-son vocal-and-guitar duets. For his next project, Nelson and Promise of the Real collaborated with Neil Young on 2015 album The Monsanto Years and toured together. In 2016, Nelson and his band produced another album, Something Real. That album was followed in August 2017 by the album Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Emi Nakamura

Chancellor‘s Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Emi Nakamura is the Chancellor's Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, business cycles and macroeconomic measurement. She is a co-editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-director of the Monetary Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers and the American Economic Association Committee on National Statistics. She is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize, the NSF Career Grant, and the Sloan Research Fellowship, and in 2014 was named by the IMF as one of the Top 25 Economists under 45.

Nili Gilbert

Chairwoman of the Investment Committee, David Rockefeller Fund, USA

Nili Gilbert is the co-founder of the Net Zero+ Investment Collaborative, a group formed in recognition of the urgency of the climate problem and the special role that investment will play in addressing it. The collaborative is designing a malleable framework for portfolio decarbonization, and was launched with net zero investment commitments from three founding Rockefeller Family organizations.

From 2010 to 2020 Nili co-founded and served as Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital Management, one of the larger women-owned asset management firms in the U.S., where she was responsible for managing hedge fund and equity strategies for institutional clients. Matarin has been recognized as both a performance leader and as a thought leader, with its research cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Nili is a regular contributor on CNBC and Bloomberg television, as well.

Nili serves as Board Member and Chairwoman of the Investment Committees of the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute. She also serves on the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever.

Nili has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, as the recipient of a $1 million Hewlett Foundation grant for climate education and advocacy, as a LinkedIn “TopVoice,” on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of “Ones to Watch”, as Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals, with the Toigo Foundation’s Bridge to Business Award, and by 100 Women in Hedge Funds as an Alternative Investments Scholar. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Economic Club of New York.

Nili received her BA from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow. She is both a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Prior to founding Matarin, she was Senior Director and Senior Research Analyst at Invesco, working in both New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, with responsibility for development of the firm’s global multi-asset models.

A native New Yorker, Nili speaks, reads, and writes both German and French with great proficiency, and enjoys travel and fitness.

Rana El Kaliouby

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Affectiva, USA

A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A scientist and Muslim Egyptian-American, Dr. el Kaliouby is one of few female CEOs leading an AI company. She has raised over $50M million in venture as well as non-dilutive funding for the company and leads development and deployment of the company’s human perception AI in a number of industries including market research, automotive and health. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. Prior to founding Affectiva, Dr. el Kaliouby was as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, where she spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT. She resides in the suburbs of Boston with her two kids.