Who we are
We are 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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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
Dr. Chen WU received her MD from China Medical University and PhD from Peking Union Medical College. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and joined the faculty of National Cancer Center and Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. Dr. WU, as a physician-scientist, has been focusing on cancer genetics and functional genomics directed toward a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma transformation and clinical translational applications. Her research achievements include: Leading one of the largest prospective cohort research of esophageal cancer in China with support of newly established biobank and database dedicated for cancer genome evolution research; Systematical identification of cancer susceptible genes and driver genes key to esophageal cancer initiation and development through genome-wide association study and multi-omics sequencing study; Elucidating gene functions and mechanism in carcinogenesis and cancer progression with technologies in molecular oncology, cellular biology and laboratory animal models; Integrating findings from research in pan-squamous cell carcinomas and pan-gastrointestinal cancers and identify ubiquitous target for early cancer prevention and intervention.
Holds a crucial and strategic portfolio in one of Africa's leading technological powers. Through passion and expertise, has propelled Rwanda forward in its adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution tools.
Sam led food and nutrition policy for the Obama Administration, and was the Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign. He was also the chef for the Obamas. Sam is now focusing on the intersection of health, climate change and food systems in numerous ways through strategy work and investing.
Martín Guzmán was born in La Plata on October 12th, 1982. He has graduated as a Doctor in Economics (PhD. in Economics) from Brown University, United States. Prior to his doctoral studies, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Economics, both from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (National University of La Plata), Argentina. He is a researcher at the Columbia University School of Business, and Director of the Public Debt Restructuring Program of the Policy Dialogue Initiative of the same School. Together with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, he has conducted the academic training program of the Columbia University Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is an associate professor at Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires). As of December 2019, he is a tenured lecturer at Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de La Plata (School of Economic Sciences of the National University of La Plata). He is editor in chief of the Journal of Globalization and Development and has published numerous academic articles in specialized journals and books.
A leading bilingual anchor for Phoenix Television, hosts finance and current affairs programmes exploring economic and finance issues in China and abroad. As a dual-qualified attorney in Hong Kong and New York, is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Catalpa Media, which advocates for awareness of legal and women's issues among students and young women in China.
Becoming the Managing Director of the Chaudhary Group before turning 30, and establishing his own company within the CG Corp Global conglomerate, CG Finco, at age 19, Nirvana Chaudhary carved out his own success through sheer industry, notwithstanding his family’s reputation. Nirvana’s drive and determination to expand his great-grandfather’s business across the globe has catapulted him to be Nepal’s youth role model, where he gave back to his country by motivating and teaching the youth leadership skills. As a driving force of the Chaudhary Foundation, he created socially responsible businesses for a sustainably developing Nepal, helped to open Nepal's largest spiritual institute, Shashwat Dham, and partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve health and sanitation in Nepal. He also runs his own private philanthropy initiative in the name of his parents, Binod & Sarika Chaudhary Foundation. In addition, Nirvana is a Steering Committee Member of the UN Global Compact High Level Action Platform and Board Member of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy Society. Beyond his business and philanthropic endeavors, Nirvana is passionate about collecting art that promotes young Nepali artists. He was a former national squash player and an avid trekker
Henry Motte-Muñoz is the Founder and CEO of Edukasyon.ph, the largest youth platform in the Philippines empowering more than 10 million student visitors each year to find and take their path from education to career. Prior to launching Edukasyon.ph in 2015, Henry worked at Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs in London. Henry’s work in education technology and social entrepreneurship has been recognized by global and regional organizations including the Asia CEO Awards (Young Leader of the Year 2019), Financial Times and International Finance Corporation (Transformational Business Award 2017), Forbes (30 Under 30 Asia 2016) and Asia Society (21 Young Leaders 2015).
Luiza is a Partner with Bain & Company in São Paulo. As the Leader of the Healthcare practice in South America, she is passionate about developing strategies to deliver quality healthcare solutions under rationalized costs, being a catalyst for a more sustainable system. She has deep expertise in payers, primary care and hospital providers, as well as healthcare ecosystems, authoring points-of-view on how to advance the Brazilian healthcare system. She supports clients to develop deep understanding of their customer’s journeys, in order to deliver unique customer experiences, based on omnichannel approaches, state-of-the art technology and robust metrics. She is an enthusiast of transformations using Agile and Human-Centric co-creation approaches, as Design Thinking. As Womxn @ Bain Champion in South America, she dedicates time to promoting gender parity and developing young female leadership, within Bain as well as in the corporate world, by building studies on how to promote more women in leadership positions. Luiza holds a Master in Management focused on Information Businesses (Coppead Management School, Brazi), and a MBA with major in Finance, Operations and Marketing (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA). She graduated in Electronic & Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Geoffrey founded Choson Exchange which has trained 3000 North Koreans in entrepreneurship, economic policy and law over a decade. Over more than a decade, Geoffrey built the leading grassroots-led organization driving economic change in North Korea. His work exposed a generation of Koreans to international practices, and contributed to enterprise reform, Special Economic Zones establishment and legal reforms. His work was written up as a Harvard Business School case study which he teaches to Harvard MBA students. Geoffrey also works in the financial inclusion and technology space with blockchain and AI, leading the Digital Identity business at credit scoring startup Trusting Social and scaling unbanked and underbanked users from 0 to 4M during COVID19. Geoffrey is involved with the World Economic Forum as a Global Future Council member, Consortium on Digital Currency Governance member, and Digital ASEAN taskforce member (payments/data). During his work at Choson Exchange, Geoffrey had two near death experiences. Geoffrey graduated from Yale University and the Wharton School and was an exchange student at Tsinghua University.