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.
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
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 on the boards of MedCap AB and 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.
Farzana Yaqoob represents the next generation leadership of South Asia. Being a youth leader, social activist & entrepreneur from Azad Jammu & Kashmir, she believes in humanity and striving for justice. Yaqoob is a former minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Yaqoob is the founding member and MANTAQ. Yaqoob is Associate and Secretary General of Kashmir working group, of Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. Yaqoob is Advisor to Center for Strategic and Contemporary Research, Islamabad, Pakistan. Yaqoob is Board member of Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT). Yaqoob is Secretary General Eisenhower Fellowship Pakistan. Yaqoob is member of Civil Advisory Group UNWomen Pakistan. Yaqoob is Eisenhower fellow 2016. Yaqoob is Young Global Leader 2017 of World Economic Forum. Her areas of expertise are conflict and gender empowerment. Farzana is also an alumna of The National Defence University Islamabad. She strives to justify her belief after winning the trust of people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and then serving as Minister for Social Welfare & Women Development in 2011. Farzana has developed the Azad Jammu and Kashmir State Policy Framework for the Empowerment of Women. In the year 2014 she established the separate directorate of Women Development to empower the women of AJ&K. During her fellowship she examined conflict resolution and climate change mitigation strategies for Kashmir. She is considered to be one of the most thought provoking leaders in the region on issues of conflict, women empowerment and social security networks. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums.
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.
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.
Alexander de Carvalho
Alexander is the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of PUBLIC, a venture firm he set up to help solve some the biggest technology problems across the public sector. PUBLIC is one of the biggest investors in GovTech companies in Europe across important sectors including Health, Social Care, Security, Policing and Welfare. Alexander is also the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of The GovTech Summit. Prior to founding PUBLIC, Alexander worked for almost 10 years in private equity before spending several years building and supporting a number startups in the UK. Alexander has been a non-executive member of the board of Heineken Holding NV since 2013 and is involved in a number of philanthropic activities.
Ruba Borno is the senior vice president and general manager of Global CX Centers. Global CX Centers delivers the full portfolio of Cisco support and professional services, including technical support, professional services, managed services, customer success, and global spare parts and repair logistics. Ruba is also non-executive director on the board of Experian.
Alok is Principal Architect and Founder of Bhumiputra Architecture, an internationally recognised, architectural design firm based in Bangalore, India. Alok and Bhumiputra's work in breaking the conventional mould of architecture, especially in the areas of social housing, sanitation, institutional, healthcare, education and urban design intervention has been published and recognised by the likes of Time Magazine (Next Generation Leader), Forbes (30 under 30 Asia, 30 under 30 India), National Geographic (India's Future Leaders) to name a few.
Lea Wermelin currently holds the position as Minister for the Environment in The Social Democratic government of Denmark. She is a member of the Danish Parliament and former Chairman for The Parliament's Fiscal Affairs Committee as well as former co-chair for the Environment and Food Committee and the Climate, Energy & Utilities committee. Since she was elected to parliament at the age of 30, she has represented her home region, Bornholm, and their key interests in green energy and circular economy. For more than a decade she has been actively engaged in politics and was in 2020 elected to be one out of the 40 most promising young leaders under 40 in Europe.