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.

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Meet our members

Esha Mansingh

Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Imperial Logistics, South Africa

Esha Mansingh is a young business leader, serving as the first and only woman and youngest member of the executive committee of Imperial Logistics, a leading African focused logistics business. She also serves as a non-executive board member of numerous organizations. As an advocate for women empowerment and social impact, Mansingh leads global social impact initiatives across Africa, focusing on healthcare, education, skills development and women empowerment. As the chair of Imperial's Global Women's forum, Mansingh drives many women-led empowerment initiatives. Mansingh also co-chairs the WEF New Champions chapter in South Africa. In addition, she is a TV presenter, motivational speaker and a multi-award winner, having been recognised among 100 Most Successful Women in Business in the World 2021 by GTC, a Top 50 Power of Women 2021 by Mail and Guardian, Positive Role Model for Listed Companies in Southern Africa by Accenture Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2021 and receiving an honorary doctorate in humanitarianism.

Yasui Yoshiki

Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Born in Toronto in 1985, Yoshiki spent his childhood in Toronto and New York until moving to Japan at the age of 10. Yoshiki studied at the University of Sydney and Waseda University. Upon graduation, Yoshiki began his work in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at a Silicon Valley VC, DCM Ventures where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. Yoshiki founded a mobile payment company Origami in 2012, and has been a committee member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Origami was acquired by Mercari in 2020. Young Global Leader Class of 2020 by the World Economic Forum.

Kate Brandt

Chief Sustainability Officer, Google, USA

Kate Brandt credits her time in government for shaping her perspective that partnerships between the public and private sector are key to solving broad, systemic challenges like clean energy and climate change. Kate currently serves as Google's Chief Sustainability Officer, leading sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Previously, she served in the White House as the country's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer where she helped create an executive order that will cut greenhouse-gas emissions by over 40% in the next decade.

Zuriel Naiker

Managing Director: Industry (Middle East & Africa), and Sales (Africa), Marsh & McLennan Companies, South Africa

An African leader in financial services who has worked across multiple geographies on projects that have attracted interest internationally. Through various leadership roles, he has sought to meaningfully drive equality, diversity, inclusion and education in the corporate and non-profit environments. He has worked with both government and the private sector as a contributor, advisor and board member. He is a volunteer and board member of Amor, South Africa, which builds homes for vulnerable communities. As the youngest president in the 109 year history of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng, he was able to further the ideals of promoting learning and diversity in the workplace. Zuriel’s contribution to the global steering committee for Marsh McLennan’s 150th anniversary led to him to being nominated to lead our work around sustainability and climate change

Christy Lei Sun

Chief Marketing Officer, Yatsen Global, People's Republic of China

Christy is dedicated to developing Chinese leading cosmetic brand -Perfect Diary and luxury skincare business, managing marketing and public relationships. She is committed to exploring C-beauty and empowering women in China and around the world to discover, create and preserve beauty. Christy was awarded “CMO Power List TOP 50”, and she holds a bachelor's degree from Sun Yat-sen University and MBA from Yale University.

Mia Perdomo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aequales, Colombia

Mia Perdomo is an entrepreneur, activist and feminist. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aequales, a company that provides tools for organizations to close their gender gaps through measurement, consultancy and technology. She is also the Co-Creator of Par Ranking, the largest corporate gender equality ranking in Latin America. She was named one of the 100 transforming women of Colombia, one of the 101 people that are changing the world of work by the BBC, and one of the most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company. She received a degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an MSc in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is also a Global Competitive Leadership Program Fellow at Georgetown University and an ECLA Program Fellow at Columbia University's Business School. She loves nature, dancing, and is curious about anything that brings passion to people's lives.

Adebola Williams

Chief Executive Officer, Red Media Africa, Nigeria

Adebola Williams is a pioneer at the intersection of media, democracy and social change. He is co-founder and chief executive officer of RED, which owns Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands that engages millions of youths on the continent, including Red Media Africa, StateCraft, the Future Awards Africa, and YNaija.com. Williams co-founded EnoughisEnough (EiE) in 2010, one of Nigeria’s foremost civic participation groups and a voice for young people on politics. He was chairman of the board until resigning to take the lead on the communication and rebranding of the current Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari In 2014. Williams led the team that shaped the national discourse and optimized media engagement to change longstanding perceptions. He did the same in Ghana in 2016, helping the opposition candidate win the presidency on his third attempt. He and is team have recently concluded the Macky Sall campaign with a big win in February 2019.Williams consults in other regions in the continent. 

Sun Xuemei

Chairperson, Beijing All in One Public Welfare Foundation, People's Republic of China

Xuemei SUN, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IFENG.com, Initiator of "Girls protection" and Chairman of Beijing All-in-One Public Welfare Foundation, is a long-devoted pioneer in Chinese child protection development area. Prior to her current roles, she served as a journalist for the Beijing Times, and Editor-in-chief of the philanthropy channel of IFENG.com. On June 1, 2013, she united 100 female journalists and several media organizations to launch a public welfare project “Girls Protection”, which upgraded to a special fund in 2015. In 2018, she further developed the "Girls Protection" team into the Beijing All-In-One Public Welfare Foundation, with a firm long-term commitment to preventing sexual assaults against children and adolescents, spreading sex education knowledge, promoting the dissemination of gender equality concepts, and ultimately improving Chinese legal systems and institutions on child protection.

By the end of March 2022, more than 10,000 volunteer lecturers had passed the assessment of "Girls Protection" in 31 provinces across the country, more than 6.1 million children 700,000 parents had been taught face-to-face anti sexual assault courses, online courses cover tens of millions of people. In 2018, based on “Girls Protection”, the Foundation launched new sex education course "Embrace Adolescence" for adolescents, which was taught face to face to around 150,000 teenagers by the end of March 2022.

For 9 consecutive years, she organized and held a symposium of Representative members of the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (NPC & CPPCC) of the "girls protection" and issued the investigation report on sexual assault case statistics and anti sexual assault education to promote the improvement of laws and systems.

Awards: National March 8th red flag bearer, CCTV charity figure of the year,Beijing Youth May 4th medal and other awards.

Bolor-Erdene Battsenge

State Secretary, Ministry of Digital Development, Mongolia

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel is the Chairwoman of the Government of Mongolia’s Communication and Information Technology Authority, the youngest and first female to hold this position. She has launched E-Mongolia in the first few months of her tenure. She is currently sharing this platform and experience with many other developing countries and helping them to deliver government services during the pandemic. Raised in the countryside, Battsengel started the Girls for Coding programme to train young girls from rural areas in Mongolia to learn coding.