Who we are
We are 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
Sheila Redzepi is Vice President for External and Corporate Relations at the World Bank Group. Sheila joined the World Bank Group from Unilever, where she was responsible for driving Unilever's global advocacy on key sustainability and strategic business priorities. She worked alongside Unilever's CEO across a range of industry platforms, and with a number of international and advocacy organizations. Previously, Redzepi was Vice President for Communications and Sustainability, responsible for external relations and issue management, employee engagement, partnerships and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in Europe. Before joining Unilever in 2013, Sheila worked for Weber Shandwick, the global communications agency, where she most recently managed the company’s Social Impact practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Region. She began her career working at the United Nations and in gender advocacy.
Following the critical success of his first book, The Bloodless Revolution (2006), and his international prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), Tristram Stuart founded the environmental charity Feedback which spawned a global movement against food waste with campaign wins on every inhabitable continent, and strives to transform the world’s food system from humanity’s biggest environmental burden to our most potent tool in reversing this. Tristram is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, UN Champion of SDG 12.3, and his TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times. In 2016 Tristram founded Toast Ale which upcycles unsold fresh bread into craft beer, and pours 100% distributable profits into Feedback & aligned charities. Already brewing in 5 countries, Toast Ale has won numerous prizes both for its sustainability & the sheer taste of the beer. Bread shouldn't be wasted, and neither should you. Drink responsibly.
Nadia Maqbool is the first UK qualified female Architect to achieve professional recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA and the Architects Registration Board ARB within the Sultanate of Oman. She is the owner and co-founder of 23 Degrees North, the first Omani owned professionally recognized architectural design studio within the Sultanate. The studio won the National Entrepreneurship Award in 2014. In 2016 Nadia was selected as one of 35 future leaders in the private sector to benefit from the prestigious National CEO Program. These awards recognize Nadia and 23 Degrees North as delivering outstanding high-performance teamwork and architecture at world-class level while encouraging the ecosystem enabling young Omani talent. Nadia is passionate about how culture, memory and sustainability play a positive interpretative role in architecture that is authentic to and resonates with the essence of place. Nadia’s working languages are Arabic, English, Spanish and her own tribal language: Lawati.
Paul Rivera is the co-founder and CEO of Kalibrr, a careers platform for over 5 million young professionals. Kalibrr has enabled over 300,000 people to get hired via their platform since its founding. Prior to Kalibrr, Paul was the co-founder and President at Open Access BPO, an innovative outsourcing company that brought several technology companies to the Philippines. Paul is also an active investor in technology startups in the Philippines including Remedy, Maria Health and MyKuya. Paul is a graduate of UC Berkeley and began his early career in Silicon Valley at Google before returning to the Philippines to be an entrepreneur.
Vivek Salgaocar is a Director at the Vimson Group, a family-owned conglomerate with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services. The group is also actively involved in philanthropic initiatives, particularly in healthcare and sports. Within the Minerals Division at the Vimson Group, Salgaocar oversees sales, marketing and trading, along with global business development and expansion, and is based in Singapore. He is also Co-Founder of Prospect Mining Studio, which supports start-ups and innovators as they build, pilot and scale frontier technologies to address the biggest challenges facing the natural resource and mining industries in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
Vivek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA summa cum laude, from Emory University. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2020. Vivek is a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Business Program at Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Singapore Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He serves as the Group’s representative to the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Pamela Chan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of the Alternative Solutions Group within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As CIO, she is responsible for managing the group's multi-alternative investment portfolios and chairs the Alternative Solutions Investment Committee. She is also a member of the BAI Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Board of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. Additionally, she is Co-Chair for the Harvard College Schools and Scholarship Committee of New York City. In 2012, she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serving as Curator for New York City in 2014.
Elisha London is leading systems-level change around mental health. She has a trackrecord of impact as the Campaign Director for the Heads Together campaign in the UK and Founding UK Director for Global Poverty Project.
Caroline heads the OECD’s work on blockchain, assessing the policy implications & building solutions to ensure governments can access and respond to the opportunities and challenges it raises. She is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Stability Board's workstream on decentralised fintech, sits on the OECD's Staff Review Board, and since 2016, is a visiting lecturer at Paris-Est Créteil University, & more recently, at Kings College London. Previously, Caroline established Tax Inspectors Without Borders, a joint OECD-UNDP initiative to build tax audit expertise in low-capacity countries.
Alejandro is a social entrepreneur from Argentina. Pioneer in a new way of doing business.
He co-created Xinca, an eco-friendly footwear company that employs socially vulnerable people.