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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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Meet our members

Rebecca van Bergen

Founder and Executive Director, Nest, USA

Rebecca van Bergen is the Founder and Executive Director of US-based non-profit organization Nest. Rebecca graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2006 and founded Nest at the young age of 24. Rebecca’s accolades include being a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur, a Cordes Fellow, and receipt of Ashoka and C&A Foundation’s 2016 Fabric of Change Award for innovation in fashion sustainability (received recently at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit). She was selected as one of twelve of GLG’s 2015 Social Impact fellows and received Clinton Global Initiative complimentary membership in 2015 and 2016. Rebecca is regularly quoted in international media stories for The New York Times, NPR, Quartz, The Guardian, ELLE, Glamour and more. She has been honored as a PBS “Changemaker” and CNN’s Young Person Who Rocks.

Joseph Konzelmann

Partner; Global Head of the Client and Capital Formation Group, TPG, USA

Joseph Konzelmann is Global Head of the Client and Capital Formation Group for TPG, USA. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Senior Sovereigns Strategist at Goldman Sachs. Konzelmann advises leading sovereign funds and institutions on their investment portfolios and geopolitical risk. Prior to his career in finance, he served in the US Government, focused on Middle East affairs, and advised President Ashraf Ghani on developing economic development programmes for weak and fragile states.

Katherine Maher

Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation, USA

An unusual technology executive, Katherine Maher balances the demands of a mission-based volunteer non-profit with the realities of running one of the world's most popular consumer platforms. A bold voice for equity and opportunity, with a long background as an outspoken advocate for human rights, her work focuses on the transformative, and often socially disruptive, nature of new technologies. She is passionate about finding the commonalities in our interconnected and interdependent human experience.

Fang (Miranda) Qu

Founder, Xiaohongshu, People's Republic of China

Miranda Qu is Co-Founder of Xiaohongshu, a trailblazing Chinese entrepreneur whose work has made a substantial impact on China's technology and lifestyle markets. Since co-founding Xiaohongshu with in 2013, Qu has a keen understanding of consumers and innovative mindset to drive the company and industry to great heights. Since its inception, Xiaohongshu has been a runaway success, growing to become China's largest lifestyle platform with a global community of more than 200 million users.

Richard Martinez

Minister of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Economy and Finance of Ecuador, Ecuador

Minister of Economics and Finance of Ecuador. Previously served as Chairman of the Ecuadorian Business Committee (CCE).

Mustafa Suleyman

Vice-President, Artificial Intelligence Policy, Google, USA

Mustafa Suleyman is co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind, where he is responsible for integrating the company’s technology across a wide range of Google products. In February 2016 he launched DeepMind Health, which builds clinician-led, patient-centered technology in the NHS. Mustafa was Chief Product Officer at DeepMind Technologies, before the company was bought in 2014 by Google in their largest European acquisition to date. DeepMind was a leading AI company backed by Founders Fund, Li Ka-Shing, Elon Musk, and David Bonderman amongst others.

At 19, Mustafa dropped out of Oxford University to help set up a telephone counselling service, building it to become one of the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK, and then worked as policy officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. He went on to help start Reos Partners, a consultancy with eight offices across four continents specializing in designing and facilitating large-scale multi-stakeholder ‘Change Labs’ aimed at navigating complex problems. As a skilled negotiator and facilitator Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UN, the Dutch Government and WWF.

Ruzwana Bashir

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peek.com, USA

Ruzwana is Founder & CEO of Peek, disrupting the $200bn global activities industry. The Peek.com marketplace helps consumers book the best activities (from art tours to ziplining), while the PeekPro.com back-end tools help tour operators to power online booking and grow their businesses. Peek has raised $50 million in funding and had over $1 billion in bookings through the platform.

Ruzwana was selected as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and recognized as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Ruzwana started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at the Blackstone Group. Ruzwana has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA from Oxford University where she was President of the Oxford Union.

Faisal Khan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peshawar 2.0, Pakistan

A pioneering scientist and an award-winning entrepreneur Faisal Khan is working at the intersection of biology, technology and start-ups. Faisal is chief executive officer and co-founder of Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise that is promoting technology, design and start-ups in the northwest of Pakistan and taking it to youths at the grassroots. As an academic, he leads an interdisciplinary research group doing pioneering work in the areas of synthetic biology and precision medicine in Pakistan.

James Rogers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Apeel Sciences, USA

James Rogers is Founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, a company fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing advances in materials science to prevent waste in the first place Dr. Rogers was the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award in polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. Recently, he was recognize d by EatingWell Magazine as an American Food Hero.