Who we are

The Young Global Leaders ® Community is 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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Meet our members

Thomas Crowther

Assistant Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Thomas Crowther is a British scientist specializing in ecosystem ecology and the chief scientific advisor to the UN's Trillion Tree Campaign. He is a tenure-track professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH Zürich where he formed the Crowther Lab. His work aims to generate a holistic understanding of the global scale ecological systems which regulate the Earth's climate. After his PhD, Crowther received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, to pursue his postgraduate research at Yale University. In 2015, Crowther was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to research the impact of carbon cycle feedbacks on climate change at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO). In 2017, Crowther started a tenure track professorship at ETH Zürich. His ongoing research is supported through a unique partnership with DOB Ecology – a private foundation focused on supporting projects which protect and restore threatened ecosystems across the globe. A holistic global understanding of ecological systems is necessary for us to understand and address climate change and biodiversity loss.

Byju Raveendran

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BYJU'S, India

Byju Raveendran is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BYJU'S, an EdTech created from his passion to create self-imitated and lifelong learners. A teacher by choice and an entrepreneur by chance, he launched BYJU'S Learning App in India in 2015 and has helped 42 million students learn better.

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.

Rana El Kaliouby

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Affectiva, USA

A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A scientist and Muslim Egyptian-American, Dr. el Kaliouby is one of few female CEOs leading an AI company. She has raised over $50M million in venture as well as non-dilutive funding for the company and leads development and deployment of the company’s human perception AI in a number of industries including market research, automotive and health. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. Prior to founding Affectiva, Dr. el Kaliouby was as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, where she spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT. She resides in the suburbs of Boston with her two kids.

Shoko Takahashi

Representative Director, Genequest Inc., Japan

Starting the bio venture in 2013 while a doctoral student in molecular bioscience at the University of Tokyo, Takahashi's company anlyzes saliva to see what a people's genetics can tell about their current and future health. Individuals send the same directly to the firm, and it returns the results in four to six weeks, all for around $400. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology recognized her as one of the researchers who are contributing to major innovation in science and technology in Japan in 2016.

Priyanka Bakaya

N, Renew Oceans, USA

Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, the Forbes 30 under 30 List, Conscious Company's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List, and is a Laureate of Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America for her leadership in environmental entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT. Bakaya is the Founder & CEO of Renewlogy, which is a technology leader in developing innovative solutions for renewing waste and creating circular economies. Business Insider named Renewlogy one of the 20 Most Inspiring Companies and Inc. named it one of the 25 Most Audacious Companies.

David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Also Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education. Previously, Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. Born and raised in Sierra Leone; PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where research in the biomechatronics group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing. President and Co-Founder of the international NGO Global Minimum (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship programme and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1,000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.

Stefanie Kurniadi

Founder, PT. Citarasa Prima Indonesia Berjaya, Indonesia

Stefanie Kurniadi is a passionate entrepreneur that build her company with strong purpose. Her passion in food brings her to build one of the most innovative F&B chain company in Indonesia nowadays. Her company, CRP Group (Citarasa Prima Indonesia) drive purpose in bringing happiness through food. With their DNA that always bring uniqueness and twist in Indonesia's top comfort foods. Mention their 1st brand in 2013, Nasi Goreng Rempah Mafia has grown fast and grow strong in their loyal customers till now. Their 2nd brand, Warunk Upnormal that sells Indomie (one of the most popular instant noodle in Indonesia), toast, milk and coffee as "the new era of warkop (local coffee shops phrase)" has reshaped the industry overall. Their 3rd brand Bakso Boedjangan have build specific loyal markets and prove the sustainability. In total now CRP Group has more than 150 outlets all around Indonesia. With more than 3,000 employment supporting the business, Stefanie and partners still aim to be the biggest and most inspiring F&B company in Indonesia that bring happiness through what they do. More about the company www.citarasaprima.com :: More about stefanie: www.stefkurniadi.com

Piyush Tewari

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SaveLife, India

Piyush Tewari is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), a nonprofit organization committed to saving lives on roads in India and beyond. SLF is best known for getting India a Good Samaritan Law and for developing an award-winning model for reducing fatalities on Indian highways.

Tewari holds an MPA from Harvard and is a recipient of the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise. In 2019 he was recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Piyush is also an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, and a DRKF Entrepreneur. He has been featured by The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine, among others. In 2016, he was recognised by GQ as one of Most Influential Young Indians.

Prior to founding SLF, Piyush served as the Managing Director of the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity fund. Piyush quit the private sector to establish SLF following the tragic road crash death of a child in the family. Piyush has also served as a Program Manager with the India Brand Equity Fund, an initiative of the Prime Minister of India.