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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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Billy Mawasha

Board Member - Independent Non-Executive Director, Metair Investments Ltd, South Africa

Strategic, dynamic and people-focused business leader with strong commercial, stakeholder engagement, operational and technical skills. Professional experience includes positions with: Rio Tinto, Anglo American (Kumba Iron Ore), De Beers Group and AngloGold Ashanti. Has worked in South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Mali and Guinea in leadership, operational and technical roles. Member of the Board of Metair Investments and Wits Mining School Industry Advisory Council. Named one of the country's top black leaders who want to lead South Africa to great things, South African Financial Mail Little Black Book (2016). Interests: education and the development of others; private pilot; travelling, theatre and film and spending time with family and friends.

Richard Walker

Managing Director, Iceland Foods, United Kingdom

Richard Walker is the managing director of Iceland, the United Kingdom grocer specializing in frozen foods. Iceland was founded in 1970 by Walker's father, Sir Malcolm Walker. Walker took over as managing director in August of 2018 and has led the retailer's concerted charge against the use of plastics and palm oil in the grocery sector. Previously, Walker was managing director of Iceland Food’s sister brand the Food Warehouse and Iceland’s director for sustainability. Iceland has been at the forefront of driving sustainability initiatives in the retail industry, which includes the frozen food chain’s commitment to eliminating plastic packaging for all own-brand products within five years and, most recently, a pledge to remove palm oil from the ingredients in all its products by the end of 2018.

Mike Moradi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sensulin, USA

Diabetes advocate and healthcare entrepreneur, having founded or been a principal in several biopharma and nanotech start-ups. Current company, Sensulin, is developing a next-generation insulin for diabetes. Formerly: Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, an ocular pharmaceutical company and specialty Contract Research Organization (eyeCRO), which was the 264th fastest growing private company in the 2009 Inc. 500; co-founded Nanopolaris (now Unidym), which was acquired in 2011 by a publicly traded South Korean company for $145 million; co-founded NanoSource, which was acquired by DuPont in 2002, largely considered the first major acquisition in the nanotech space. 2017 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Bernice Dapaah

Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Bamboo Bikes, Ghana

Bernice Dapaah is the Executive Director of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. Under her leadership, the initiative developed from a project idea to an award-winning social enterprise that has won several international awards, including the 2013 UNFCCC Momentum For Change Light House Activity Award (Women For Results Category), World Business and Development Award 2012, UN Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award 2012, Samsung/Generations For Peace Impact Award 2012, GIZ Impact Business Award 2011, and UNEP SEED Initiative Award 2010. In 2013, Dapaah was named a Vital Voices Lead Fellow and won the 2013 International Women Alliance World of Difference Award. She sits on the advisory board of the World Intellectual Property Organization GREEN in Switzerland. Dapaah is a graduate of the Christian Service University in Ghana.

Imani Duncan-Price

Chief of Staff, Office of the Opposition Leader, Jamaica

A former Senator, board member of the Development Bank of Jamaica, Managing Director of a luxury adventure destination management start-up, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Jamaica's leading think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Group Strategy Officer for the JMMB Group – a leading Caribbean financial services group, Imani Duncan-Price, exhibits a record of successful leadership in a range of areas.

Now Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Imani supports the current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Phillips, in policy and political strategy formulation.

She has, in her career, served as an international management consultant focused on the areas of business strategy, cluster competitiveness, gender strategy and social intervention, as well as co-authored extensive research on the origins of Kingston's inner-city violence, a theme she had previously explored for her Master's thesis.

Indeed, Duncan-Price is a committed advocate for social and economic development, with a special focus on women's empowerment, and transforming the Jamaican economy with new industries such as medical cannabis to drive inclusive growth. After completing her year focused on sustainability and violence reduction issues as Miss Jamaica World 1995, she earned an interdisciplinary BA in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in the USA. Imani then attended Harvard University for her Masters where, as a Public Administration for International Development student, she co-founded AIDS-targeting NGO "Global Justice", whilst also working with the World Bank on the issue of gender and economic development.

In recognition of her leadership, Imani was named amongst “50UnderFifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica’s Future” by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow 2018.

Imani Duncan-Price is married to Stephen and a happy and perpetually tired mother of three young children, Aidan (7), Marley (5) and Selah (2).

Ji Xiaohua

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Guokr.com, People's Republic of China

PhD in Neurobiology. Founder: Guokr.com; Zaih.com. Promotes the revolution of spreading knowledge and acquisition patterns by using the internet through innovative products; also promotes MOOC education in China. Writes under pen name Ji Shisan. As a science writer, served as the Editor-in-Chief of science book When the Colorful Sound Tastes Sweet, which won the National Library of China's 5th Wenjin Book Award. Author of annual review on "Turning Points 2015", New York Times. Recipient of awards and honours, including: national prize many times in the field of science communication and education innovation.

Mary Burke

Head of Sales & Account Management, Americas East, Refinitiv, United Kingdom

BA in Economics and Political Science, Fordham University. With Thomson Reuters for 16 years. Has served in senior product, content and business management roles, New York and London. Managed Thomson Reuters Investment Banking business; was responsible for all aspects of managing and driving growth of a $340 million business. Currently, Global Business Director, Strategic Customers & Solutions group, Thomson Reuters. Responsible for one of their most strategic and complex global client relationships. Sets the business strategy, engages senior-level customers in strategic partnership discussions, negotiates and executes complex, global contracts and oversees an extensive sales team around the world. Member: Women's Bond Club, serving as Community Outreach Committee COO; Thomson Reuters Women's Network. Actively and consistently mentors colleagues and students. Initiated and leads Thomson Reuters' volunteer partnership with The Grace Institute. Also active in community organizations including Hudson River Community Sailing and the 14th St Y. Interests: human rights and refugee issues; cycling, travelling and hiking.

Leila Velez

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beleza Natural, Brazil

Founder and CEO of Beleza Natural, a chain of beauty Institutes and a cosmetics factory, specialised in curly hair treatments in Brazil. Beleza Natural currently has 4000 employees, 35 locations in 5 different states, a factory, 5 training centers and annual revenues of more than $100 million US Dollars. More than products and services, Beleza Natural provides a full self-esteem experience for more than 130 thousand clients each month.
Leila started the company from scratch, at the age of 19. Chosen as an Endeavor Entrepreneur by Endeavor Global (New York - USA) and a “Rising Talent” by the Women Global Forum (Deauville - France). Awarded Female Entrepreneur of the year by Endeavor (San Francisco - EUA), “Business Women Award” by Veuve-Clicquot (Reims - France) and “Best Entrepreneur of the New Brazil” by Você SA Magazine (São Paulo - Brazil).
Strongly envolved in innitiatives to promote gender parity and entrepreneurship (CEO Champions, Mulheres do Brasil, Winning Women (E&Y) and mother of two wonderful teenagers (Pedro e Aliel)

Longmei Zhang

Deputy Resident Representative for China, International Monetary Fund (IMF), People's Republic of China

Longmei Zhang is an economist in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department, working on China. She has experience working the Philippines, and regional issues in Asia, as well as on Romania. Her research covers a wide range of topics, including long-term growth, financial frictions and business cycles, macroprudential policy and corporate leverage. She holds a PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.