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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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Andy Moon

Chief Executive Officer, SunFarmer, USA

Andy Moon is an entrepreneur that enjoys working on big problems such as energy, healthcare, and politics. For the last 4 years he has served as CEO and co-founder of SunFarmer, a Y Combinator-backed social enterprise that has completed over 300 solar energy installations in Asia.

Previously, Andy raised over $200 million from institutional investors to finance solar energy projects in the US and Europe, and worked as a consultant in the healthcare practice at McKinsey and Company. He was also an early advisor to Possible Health, a leading public health nonprofit.

Andy holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University, and is particularly interested in getting better people elected to the US government in 2018.

Areas of expertise:
- Starting new ventures
- Defining and measuring social impact
- Customer research and product development
- Investment due diligence
- Fund-raising from investors, government, and foundations
- Hiring and managing high-performing teams
- International expansion, including emerging markets
Andy has spent summers volunteering in Cambodia and the Philippines, and has served as an energy and fund-raising advisor to the nonprofit Possible. He holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University

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.

Jin Keyu

Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

BA, MA and PhD, Harvard University. Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, researching on issues of globalization and the Chinese economy. Member of the Board, Richemont Group. Has experience at the World Bank, the IMF, the New York Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Lee Xiaodong

Director and Professor, Center for Internet Governance, Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China

Former: President and Chief Executive Officer, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC); Vice-President, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Currently, Director and Professor, Center for Internet Infrastructure, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Director and Professor, Center for Internet Governance, Tsinghua University; Vice-Chair, Internet Society of China; Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC); Commissioner, Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC); Councillor, Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), ICANN. Member of the Board, China Communications Standards Association (CCSA); Working Group Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); MAG Member, Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of the United Nations. Member, Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, Global Future Council on Blockchain, Young Global Leader (2014), World Economic Forum. Named among Ten Outstanding Youth of China Software Industry (2008); recipient China Youth Medal, the highest award for youth in China (2009).

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.

Shin Tae-Jun

Founder, Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gojo & Company, Inc., Japan

Taejun is the Founder, Representative Director and CEO of Gojo & Company, Inc., a start-up company aiming to provide financial service for everyone in the world. Founded in July 2014, Gojo currently has its operation in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India, providing microfinance for more than 7 million people directly and indirectly through its subsidiaries and affiliates. Although microfinance has not been well known to the Japanese business community, Gojo is one of the fastest-growing and most successful startups in Japan.

Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun worked as an investment professional at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital and participated into various projects and tasks: financial modeling, financial advisory, fundraising, investor relations, management support, business planning, operation streamlining, staff training etc. During his investment professional career, Taejun mainly covered real estate, restaurant operation, manufacturing, telecom, among others. The financial models he made at Morgan Stanley became the template of the business plan for Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment practice. The exit project for Akindo Sushiro (a conveyor-belt Sushi chain) where he led the due diligence process at Unison Capital was awarded as the “Exit of the Year” by the Private Equity International.

While working for the industry, in 2007 he founded an NGO named Living in Peace (“LIP”), which became one of the most successful NGOs in Japan. It launched the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s investment history in 2009. LIP also has supported Japanese children living under the alternative care system (foster homes, institutions, etc.) by raising funds to improve their living conditions. As an advocate for children’s rights, Taejun visited governments’ children guidance offices all over Japan and played the key role to reform the national children-care system.

Taejun has authored 9 books about finance, child welfare and innovation. he is also the youngest founding board member of Endeavor Japan supporting entrepreneurs around the world. Taejun is the finisher of 1648 km ultra-marathon and holds Karate black belt. Taejun attained 6 Dan of Go, an Asian board game. He loves playing drums and taking street photos of the ordinary people in the world.

Erika Najarian

Managing Director, Head of US Banks Equity Research, Global Research Division, Bank of America, USA

Erika Najarian is managing director and head of Americas financial sector research, comprising $4.5 trillion in market capitalization. An expert and thought leader on financial services and global financial regulation, she advises institutional investors, bank executives, central banks, finance ministers and regulatory agencies. She founded the Future of Financials conference, the premier annual forum on disruptive technology, regulatory change and investment themes within financial services. She is a passionate advocate of the professional advancement of women and people of colour. At Bank of America, she is actively involved in mentorship, the Women's Leadership Council and the Asian Leadership Network.

Daniella Ballou-Aares

Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Now Project, USA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Now Project, an organization of business professionals committed to renewing American democracy. Former Partner and current Adviser, Dalberg; was member of the founding team that grew the firm from a start-up to the leading global group of social impact businesses with 25 offices across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Until 2017, served in the Obama Administration for five years as Senior Adviser for Development to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; focused on modernizing the US government’s approach to frontier markets by boosting private capital and infrastructure investments; was instrumental in securing a 193-country agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals. Young Global Leader and member of its Advisory Council, World Economic Forum. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Former Consultant, Bain & Company; advised financial services, private equity, telecom, healthcare and consumer product firms in the US, UK and South Africa. BSc in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University; MBA, Harvard Business School; MPA, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Steve Arora

Chief Executive Officer, Axis Re Ltd, Switzerland

Degree in Economics, Muhlenberg College; GE Capital Financial Management Program (FMP); Swiss Re Group Management Development Program; STARS Symposium for Leaders of the Next Generation. Diverse track record of experiences; has held roles in various financial services industries, geographic locations, and with various functional responsibilities. Has lived in the US, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Currently, Member, Reinsurance Executive Committee, Swiss Re; Division Head, Casualty Reinsurance. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015).