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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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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.

Yuefei Qin

Founder, Serve For China, People's Republic of China

Member of the 13th National People's Congress. Founder of Serve For China, a non-governmental and non-profit organization sending top university graduates and young professionals to work in remote villages on poverty reduction and rural public service improvement. Served as village chief in rural China for seven years. Recipient of First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service. BA in Economics and Political Science, Yale University.

Francesca Carlesi

Chief Executive Officer, Molofinance, United Kingdom

Senior executive with more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector across various domains (strategy,/business development, finance, M&A, banking regulation, change management and transformation) and sectors (private equity, retail and commercial banking, investment banking, asset and wealth management).
Started her career in McKinsey and private equity with focus on M&A, private investments and deal execution; subsequently moved into the banking industry covering a variety of senior roles in some of the largest european Banks.
She is currently CEO of Molofinance, a Fintech company based in London
Francesca holds a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Rome, an MBA (Hons) from Columbia University, specializing in finance and Laurea summa cum laude from the University of Rome.

She is married, has two children and lives in London with her family.

Carol Reiley

An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.

Carlota Mateos

Founder, Rusticae, Spain

• Co Founder&CMO of PlenEat (100% Organic Food)
• Co Founder&CEO of RUSTICAE (Boutique Hotels)
• Entrepreneur, Mentor & Speaker
• WEF Young Global Leader advocating for Entrepreneurship, Gender equality, Sustainability & Water

Carlota Mateos co-founded Rusticae in 1996 and it soon became the most prestigious brand gathering a curated collection of more than 320 boutique hotels in 16 countries (Mediterranean & Latin America).

Rusticae has achieved great brand recognition not only for its excellent image and prestige, but also because it has been a true agent of change in the Spanish tourism development of the last two decades. Rusticae has led the emergence of a new tourism sector that has given value to the interior of the country focusing in quality rather than quantity. Along with its hotels Rusticae have also facilitated an unprecedented change in the economy of these territories. From a purely agricultural and very dependent on European subsides model to a long-term sustainable economic model based on high-end tourism.

She also co-founded PlenEat in 2016, a pioneering company which also encourages the virtuous circle Countryside-City. PlenEat offers 100% certified organic homemade meals to companies, restaurants, supermarkets, vending machines, etc. Through its different business units in the city and the countryside PlenEat has become a triple impact company which brings health to the city at the same time that helps to set the rural population and seeks a cleaner production with the environment.

Carlota has a strong commitment in many other fields beyond her business. Worried about the environment, she launched in 2011 the “Portable & Sustainable Suite” to demonstrate the building industry there were other formulas to develop building projects less aggressive for the planet.

DISTINCTIONS & AWARDS

2015 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum
2014 START-EX Award for Global Companies, by the Spanish Ministry of Finance & ICEX
2012 "Entrepreneur Award” by the Global Entrepreneur Week (IESE Business School)
2011, 2012 & 2013 Listed among the Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain by Women&Cia foundation.
2011 “Madrid´s Best Entrepreneurs Award” by Madrid City Council
2011 Entrepreneur of reference in the Impulsa Forum launched by the Princess of Girona Foundation, established by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, to foster entrepreneurship among today´s youth.
2009 “Entrepreneur of the year Award” by FEDEPE (Association of Female Executives and Entrepreneurs)

Rohit Chopra

Managing Director, Lazard Asset Management, USA

Rohit Chopra is a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Lazard. He co-manages the Emerging Markets Equity strategy, one of the firm’s largest investment portfolios. His responsibilities include both portfolio management and research in the telecommunications and consumer sectors. His work involves frequent travel to meet with business and political leaders in developing economies. He joined Lazard in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and information systems from New York University. He also studied at the London School of Economics. He passionately supports two charitable organizations – Empower and Pratham – which address pressing social problems in developing economies.

Carol Yu Ying

Producer and Host, Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show “Visionaries” with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. Show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many familiar names in Greater China. Formerly: with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong; World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics, Stanford University; Master’s in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Graves Tompkins

Global Head, Capital Partnering, General Atlantic Partners, USA

Graves Tompkins is a Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Partnering for General Atlantic. He serves on the firm’s Management and Portfolio Committees, and he is also responsible for its Human Capital, Marketing & Communications, and General Atlantic Foundation activities. Previously, he worked on the firm’s Healthcare and Financial Services sector teams. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2007, Graves worked in the Merchant Banking division at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on principal investments across a broad range of sectors, and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Graves is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and he was previously a David Rockefeller Fellow through the New York City Partnership.

Jessica Long

Managing Director, Strategy, Sustainability and Responsible Business, Accenture, USA

Formerly with: Accenture Development Partnerships (Africa, Americas, Asia); Accenture Government & Digital Strategy; Office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone (D - Minnesota). Currently: Managing Director, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability; Member, Global Leadership Team, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability, which helps organizations leverage their assets and capabilities to drive innovation and profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact; leads sustainability strategy across North America; leads Responsible Business globally. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, co-leading the private sector taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals.