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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.

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Mariame McIntosh Robinson

President and Chief Executive Officer, First Global Bank Ltd, Jamaica

Mariame McIntosh Robinson joined First Global Bank in Jamaica as President & CEO in 2016 to lead the Bank’s transformation and strategic pursuit of Financial Inclusion. Prior to this, Mariame was a private equity investor for 7 years where she was a Partner at Portland Private Equity, the largest private equity fund management company focused on the Caribbean region which successfully raised two US$200M+ Funds. Mariame also worked as a Strategy Consultant for 8 years with McKinsey & Company, Atlanta office and Bain & Company New York office where she was a Manager prior to joining Portland. Mariame currently serves as a Trustee on United Way Worldwide Board and several private and public Boards in Jamaica and Barbados, and is a dynamic public speaker. Mariame is also the Board Chair of TEACH Caribbean, an educational NGO she co-founded with other Jamaican Rhodes Scholars in 2006 with seed financing from the Rhodes Trust to provide access to quality education for economically disadvantaged youth. Mariame has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She is married and has a son.

Nadia Al-Sakkaf

PhD Candidate, University of Reading, Yemen

Researcher in politics, gender, and press freedom. Former Information Minister of Yemen. PhD candidate at Politics Dept of Uni of Reading U.K.
Expert in Yemen's political transition process and has strong views on global mobility issues.

Victor Ochen

Executive Director, African Youth Initiative Network-Uganda, Uganda

Mr. Victor Ochen is the Founder and Executive Director for African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET). Born in northern Uganda, he spent 21yrs of his childhood as a refugee in the camps, where he survived on one meal-a-day for over 7 years. He grew up amidst violent conflict that displaced over 3 million people, where 60,000+ children were abducted and forcefully recruited as child-soldiers, including his own brother. His organisation has so far provided reconstructive medical repair to over 21,000 war victims of rape, mutilation, gun shots).

Challenged by the hardships of war and poverty, while living in the camps at the age of 13 years, Ochen formed a Peace Club and bravely led the anti-child soldiers’ recruitment campaign amidst the war in northern Uganda. He grew up to become one of the most important figures in Africa, a key reference when it comes to struggle for human rights and justice, a product of resilience, a personification of struggle. He is a lead example on tolerance and nonviolence activism; who is creatively working to address the root cause of conflict in Africa.

Forbes Magazines named Ochen in 2015 as one of the 10 most powerful men in Africa, while Archbishop Desmond Tutu attested that “my heart swells with joy to see Ochen as one of the new hope for Africa”. He is the first Uganda and the youngest ever African nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2015. Ochen is the YGL and has received several awards including Elyse Treaty in 2016; Pan-Commonwealth Youth Workers 2015, Mundo Negro Award 2016; all recognizing his service to poor people and his inspirational leadership for peace in Africa. He is the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Justice promoting SDG Goal16. Mr. Ochen is a member of the Global Advisory Group to the UNHCR on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection.

Luis Felipe Carrillo

President; Chief Executive Officer, Central Latin America (CALA), GE, Peru

Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas; MBA; Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú and Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands; executive courses, Harvard Business School. 2000, joined GE; currently, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Latin America focus is to develop the region’s infrastructure in power generation & transmission, oil and gas, healthcare and aviation; leading efforts to localize more capabilities, integrate acquisitions and develop new markets; also leading the transformation to make GE the premier digital industrial company in the region. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015).

Sam Lee

Senior Vice-President and Head of Growth, WeWork, USA

Building and leading WeWork’s first central Growth Team, Sam Lee is a recognized growth leader and charged with exponentially accelerating WeWork's membership and revenue growth through data modeling and insight, product innovation, growth strategy, and sales and marketing.

Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the technology, education, and healthcare industries. He is also a Limited Partner and Board Member at Redesign Health, a venture studio that partners with entrepreneurs to identify, launch, and scale new direct-to-consumer healthcare businesses that improve access and elevate patient experience.

Sam earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Fabrice Franzen

Partner, Bain & Company Inc., South Africa

MBA, Solvay Business School, Brussels. More than 15 years of consulting experience in France, Italy, Australia and Africa, in financial services. Large experience in most FS sub-verticals: retail & commercial banking, wealth management, payments, CIB, P&C and life insurance (M&A and post-merger integration, customer insight and segmentation, and organization design). Formerly: with Oliver Wyman. Member, Global Financial Services practice, Bain & Company.

Ken Endo

Chief Executive Officer, Xiborg, Japan

BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Keio University in Japan; 2012, PhD, MIT. 2005, started to work on human biomechanics and development of transtibial prosthesis as a PhD student, Biomechatronics group, MIT Media Lab; concurrently, taught a course to develop orthopaedic devices for developing countries as an instructor of MIT D-lab. Currently Associate Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, working on human physical augmentation with robotic technology. Director, D-Leg, targeting design and dissemination of appropriate orthopaedic technology; President, See-D, which organizes an appropriate technology business workshop and contest. Named one of the world's most outstanding innovators under the age of 35, Technology Review, TR35 (2012).

René Redzepi

Founder and Chef, Noma, Denmark

René Redzepi is the chef and co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the establishment of the restaurant in 2003, he has developed a cuisine that draws from the area’s landscape and culture. Using a wide yet intimate network of farmers, foragers and other purveyors, Noma celebrates the region's ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that expresses its location and the seasons. Redzepi is the author of “Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine” and “A Work in Progress”. In 2008, he founded the Nordic Food Lab, an independent, open-source research organization that studies deliciousness, which is now a part of Copenhagen University. In 2011, he founded the MAD Symposium, a non-profit organization that seeks to build a strong community in the food industry and work towards a better future by developing and sharing knowledge about health, craft and sustainability as they relate to the restaurant trade and global food systems.

Almira Zejnilagic

Managing Director, FTI Consulting, United Kingdom

Head of FTI's Global Risk and Investigations Practice in Europe and Africa, Early member, Serbian Student Union; early 2000s, elected to represent it. Started career at Serbian Parliament, for the Org. for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Worked in Serbian Ministry of Finance. Headed up Natural Resources Dept, Global Witness, an NGO investigating corruption in extractive industries. Managing Director, FTI Consulting. Pro bono work for charitable organizations, Eastern Europe. British Young Leader (2011), Wilton Park (the UK FCO).