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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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Sarah bint Yousif Al-Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Minister of State for Advanced Sciences. Responsibilities include enhancing the contributions of advanced sciences to the development of the United Arab Emirates and its economy. Chairperson of the United Arab Emirates Council of Scientists and Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Started career in the sciences as a Programme Engineer on Dubai Sat-1 and Dubai Sat-2. Bachelor's and Baster’s in Computer Engineering, American University of Sharjah.

Yvonne Li

Board Member, Shanghai Dukang Healthcare Management, People's Republic of China

Adjunct Professor, Peking University Global Health Research Institute. Executive Director, China Dukang Healthcare. Chairperson and Founder, International China Ageing Industry Association. Developing innovative projects and strategies for China's burgeoning healthcare and long-term care industries, working with a range of partners from governments, development financial institutions, academic institutions, healthcare firms and the social sector. Pioneering high-quality healthcare services with the use of data-driven insights, healthcare management solutions, medical IOT technologies and other technologies. Also advises various bureaus from China and Hong Kong on social innovation, impact investing, aging and healthcare. Has pioneered impact investing in the Asia-Pacific region and has worked with financial institutions in investment banking, commercial banking, and hedge fund trading. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of a practitioner's handbook in Chinese on Managing and operating elderly facilities; author of a blog on self-mastery, consciousness and oneness (www.cosmic-dance.net); also sharing knowledge and communicating through wellness programmes, self-mastery workshops and speaking engagements.

Wei Shi

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union, Belgium

Since my entry into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, i have been serving in various posts in China and abroad. Currently I am fully dedicated, in my capacity as the director, to working for the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative, and helping the Chinese enterprises to better engaged in the business development overseas.

Iwao Aso

Group Chairman, ASO Corporation, Japan

Iwao Aso is President of the Aso Corporation and Group Chairman of the Aso Group, with interests in the fields of infrastructure, environmental solutions, healthcare, education and lifestyle services. He is also a Director of Dwango Co. Aso started his career in the family business as auditor at Aso Cement. He also served in the Aso Group as a director, executive director, senior managing director and vice-president. Prior, Aso worked as a trainee in Hongkong Land, Colliers Jardine in Hong Kong and the financial instruments development division in Shinsei Bank. Aso completed his undergraduate studies at Keio University with a BA in Economics. He also majored in international relations at the University of Cambridge.

Hanneli Rupert

Founder and Creative Director, Okapi, United Kingdom

Hanneli Rupert is the Founder and Creative Director of Okapi, the first African luxury brand to be made entirely on the continent from locally sourced materials. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of Merchants on Long, the acclaimed African concept store. Hanneli trained as a painter, which she pursued professionally for several years before launching Okapi and MoL. Other career highlights include speaking at the International Herald Tribune Luxury conference 2014 and being nominated as member of the BOF (Business of Fashion) 500 in both 2013 and 2014. Hanneli also sits on the Tate International Council and is a trustee of the South African children's education charity Imibala.

Alisha Moopen

Executive Director, Aster DM Healthcare, United Arab Emirates

Alisha is the Executive Director of Aster DM Healthcare which is an integrated healthcare conglomerate of 30 years’ standing which spans 9 countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, India, Philippines, and Jordan). Aster provides primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care services, and now has more than 300 facilities. The Group employs more than 20,000 people, of which 2,000 are doctors and some 6,000 are paramedical and nursing staff. Alisha is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). and worked earlier with Ernst & Young. She has graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting. Alisha's philosophy in life is 'Healthiness is Happiness'. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women's empowerment and mental health. She believes in diversity of the workforce, the strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. Health is a birthright of every human on this planet. Alisha is dedicated to ensure that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.

Javier Olivan

Vice-President, Growth, Facebook, USA

Javier Olivan is the VP of Growth at Facebook. He is responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, setting strategy and driving the growth of Facebook’s global user base. He oversees user adoption, product analytics and internationalization efforts; he champions core products including Facebook Messenger and leads key initiatives including internet.org. Prior to Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile. Earlier, he worked for NTT in Japan developing software that enabled high-quality, mobile video transmission. Javier holds an MBA from Stanford University and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Navarra

Huang Dinglong

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Malong Technologies, People's Republic of China

Huang Dinglong is an entrepreneur in the technology field in China. His passion and Malong’s AI+ visual recognition technology is one of the leading players in China and in global markets as a groundbreaking solution. This includes solving the dependency on high-quality human annotated data. Malong is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Ayman Hariri

Chief Executive Officer, Vero Labs, Inc, Saudi Arabia

Ayman Hariri is a son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He's involved in running Saudi Oger, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest construction companies and the source of the Hariri family fortune. Oger was part of a venture that won a $653 million contract in January 2013 to build a local branch of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. Oger's other interests include telecommunications; it has a major stake in Turk Telekom. It also owns shares in Middle Eastern banks, including Jordan's Arab Bank.