Who we are
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community with the vision, courage and influence to drive positive change.
During a transformational five-year experience, YGLs are inspired to be bold in undertaking a sense of shared responsibility, impact and ambition.
Discover how science and technology are being brought together to help those affected by paralysis walk.
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
I am leading the Technology and Innovation Unit/Lab in the World Bank Group CIO Office. During 2010-2015, i served as the Government of Moldova 1st Government Chief Information Officer. In this capacity, I led the digital transformation of government operations and public service delivery. During 2009-2010, I served as Moldova Prime Minister's advisor on governance and public administration reform. Prior, I led and managed governance and democracy building programs with UNDP, USAID, World Bank, international NGOs. Stela holds a Master degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Master in Political Sciences from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. In March 2015, I was designated as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.
Vice-President, Director of Sustainability Management and Enterprise Resilience Linked Loan Program (BCM rating etc.), Development Bank of Japan. Head Coach of homeless football world cup team Japan NOBUSHI JAPAN (since 2009) as volunteer, Managing Director of Big Issue Japan Foundation. BA in Civil Engineering and MA in Urban Resilience Engineering, University of Tokyo. Member of Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, World Bank, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Economic Forum Risk Response Network. Named: Youth Leader of Japan 2013; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2015.
Edward "Smitty" Smith has emerged as a rising star in the technology and telecommunications policy arenas.
A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he translated his academic success into professional success as a corporate attorney at one of the world’s largest law firms, Hogan Lovells. While in private practice as a corporate lawyer, Smitty advised clients and helped close over $40 billion worth of merger transactions for publicly traded companies.
Smitty left his firm to join the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. After the campaign, Smitty served as Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Inauguration Committee and joined the Obama Administration.
At the Department of Commerce, Smitty spearheaded national broadband programs that generated critical data about broadband availability and capability and leveraged technology to create new economic opportunities for millions of Americans. After an emergency detail to the Economic Development Administration, where he led teams developing economic response strategies in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Smitty joined the Federal Communications Commission where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for a special technology taskforce
Smitty left the FCC to run in the first election for Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Though he lost in a hotly contested race, Smitty received over 35,000 votes citywide and gained the endorsements of nearly every major union and labor organization in the District.
Smitty entered local government and served in the Mayor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.He then returned to the FCC as Legal Advisor to the Chairman.
Smitty is now a Partner at the international law firm of DLA Piper, where he advises clients on a broad range of telecommunications and technology issues in countries around the globe.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an entrepreneur in the public interest. He is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy.
Over those years, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year. It also attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital (Led by the Former CEO of Visa), Mastercard amongst others.
Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organization with over 1000 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others.
Iyin now heads Fund for Africa’s Future where he spends time helping founders, philanthropists and investors from around the world understand how to do build fast growing and impactful technology businesses in Africa. He is working to identify passionate and experienced missionary entrepreneurs with the integrity and courage to flawlessly execute in Africa while developing a data backed and informed point of view on how to turn Africa's largest challenges into incredible business opportunities.
Fund for Africa’s Future celebrates missionary entrepreneurs while empowering them to serve the next generation of missionary entrepreneurs.
Iyinoluwa holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo; and sits on the board of several institutions including Paris’ Share Africa Project, Rainbow Educational Services Limited and Filmo Realty.
Navrina Singh Global Technology Executive. Past: Microsoft , Qualcomm .
MS Electrical engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MBA University of Southern California.
Omar Al-Madhi is the Senior Managing Director & Member of the Board at Abdul Latif Jameel Investments. He leads Abdul Latif Jameel’s diversification efforts.
These efforts include energy-related investments where Omar also leads the Saudi-based activities of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services in exploring opportunities and forming strategic partnerships in Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy and water sectors.
Omar joined Abdul Latif Jameel’s leadership after nearly three years within Volkswagen Group’s leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia, the establishment of which he led.
Prior to that, Omar was a member of SAGIA's executive team. While there, he was an Advisor to His Excellency the Minister of Labor. Prior to SAGIA, Omar worked in a multitude of positions within Saudi Aramco. He was also an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, UAE.
Omar obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He also received an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007.
Omar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, joining the class of 2017. In naming Omar, the Forum characterized him as "a recognized corporate executive who has emerged a champion of job creation, employment and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia".
He was appointed by Royal Decree to the Board of the Saudi Job Creation & Employment Commission and was later selected to also sit on the Commission’s Board Executive Committee. He was elected as a Young Arab Leader in October 2010. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow having been selected as the Fellow from Saudi Arabia for Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2011 Multi Nation Program. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Omar was awarded the Ward Wheelock Distinguished Middle East Fellow honor. He is also the recipient of the 2007 MIT Sloan Martin Trust Fellowship & Achievement Award.
Omar is married with three children. He is fluent in English, Arabic & Greek.
Dr. Nina Rawal is the founder of emerging health ventures, a global health focused venture capital fund. She previously headed the life science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 600m VC fund. Previous experience also includes Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and VP Strategy and Ventures at Gambro (Baxter Group). She serves as advisor to Medecins Sans Frontieres' Innovation Unit and on the nomination committee of Stockholms Sjukhem, a non-profit hospital.
Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute with research work done at Columbia University and Hopital la Salpetriere. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a WEF Young Global Leader and a '40 under 40 - European Young Leader.
Sandhya Venkatachalam is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and investor with a passion for building new businesses. She is a General Partner at Social Capital, an investment firm focused on solving the world's hardest problems through the use of technology. Prior, Sandhya was the cofounder and General Partner at Centerview Capital, a leading late stage venture firm. Prior, Sandhya was Vice-President and Head of Monetization for Skype where she built a new B2B business from pre-revenue to more than $75 million in 18 months and facilitated Skype's sale to Microsoft for $8.5 billion. Before Skype, Venkatachalam was Head of Cisco's Corporate Development group focused on collaboration, SaaS and mobile. She also helped triple Cisco's collaboration business through such multi-billion dollar acquisitions as Tandberg and Webex and investments such as Vocera, RingCentral and Xobni (acquired by Yahoo). Venkatachalam was an early business executive at Andiamo Systems, a leading data centre start-up that was acquired by Cisco for $750 million. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard.
Andy Moon is an entrepreneur currently exploring new social enterprise ideas related to climate change.
Andy has spent the last year investing in early-stage startups as a Venture Partner at Vas Ventures. Previously he started YC-backed SunFarmer, a social enterprise focused on bringing solar energy to the developing world. SunFarmer has scaled to 35+ employees, is profitable, and will generate $4 to $5M in revenues in 2020.
Earlier in Andy's career, he raised over $200M in debt and equity financing for solar energy projects in the US and Europe and worked on sustainability projects as a consultant at McKinsey. He graduated from Stanford University and was named a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.