Who we are
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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
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
As the EVP Operations, Maelle oversees 2 of the Priceline Group companies (OpenTable and Priceline.com) and the PCLN business incubator and is also responsible for driving global operational strategy and connections across The Priceline Group and its six major brands. Prior to joining The Priceline Group, Gavet served as the CEO of OZON, Russia's leading e-commerce business. Before that, she was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, working in France, the UK, South Africa and India. Gavet was also Founder and Managing Director of a corporate event start-up from 2001-2003.
In 2014 Gavet joined the board of directors of Edenred EDEN (EPA).
Born in France, Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Huang Dinglong is an entrepreneur in the technology field in China. His passion and Malong’s AI+ visual recognition technology is one of the leading players in China and in global markets as a groundbreaking solution. This includes solving the dependency on high-quality human annotated data. Malong is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.
Ayman Hariri is a son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He's involved in running Saudi Oger, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest construction companies and the source of the Hariri family fortune. Oger was part of a venture that won a $653 million contract in January 2013 to build a local branch of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. Oger's other interests include telecommunications; it has a major stake in Turk Telekom. It also owns shares in Middle Eastern banks, including Jordan's Arab Bank.
Shaharzad Akbar is currently Chairperson for Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. She was previously Deputy National Security Council on Peace and Civilian Protection. Shaharzad has also worked Senior Advisor to Afghan President on High Development Councils (August 2017-August 2018) and in this capacity, coordinated the prioritization of development projects and programs for high level decision-making. Prior to this, Shaharzad was Country Director for Open Society Afghanistan (Sep 2014-July 2017), a non-profit that supports Afghan civil society and media in areas of peacebuilding, human rights and promoting tolerance. Before this, Shaharzad was partner and chief operating officer with QARA Consulting, a firm owned and run by young Afghans in Kabul which she co-founded in 2010, an analyst for the Free and Fair Elections Foundation, a journalist for BBC Afghanistan and a research assistant on the Women of Courage book project. In 2012, she was the first elected chairperson for the Afghanistan 1400 movement.
Born in Jawzjan, Afghanistan in 1987, Shaharzad lived for a few years as refugee in Pakistan during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Shaharzad completed an MPhil at Oxford University as a Weidenfeld scholar in 2011; previously she obtained her BA (cum laude) in anthropology from Smith College in the U.S.
Shaharzad’s writing has appeared in international and Afghan media including Newsweek and Al Jazeera, and academic journals. Based in Kabul and an active tweeter and writer, Shaharzad is an active voice on political issues related to her country and her generation. In 2017, she was selected by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.
To learn more about Shaharzad, see below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGbkr5Ge0Ko (Discussion on peace in Farsi)
Connie M. Chan
Connie Chan is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley based technology venture capital firm. Since joining Andreessen Horowitz in 2011, Ms. Chan has been working closely with startups, and spearheaded the firm’s Asia network helping companies navigate Asia opportunities. Her writing has sparked new debate about innovation in China, and her writing on WeChat won a Sidney award in 2015. Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, she worked at HP and led its webOS efforts in China. She started her career as a private equity investor at Elevation Partners, investing in media and entertainment. She has been named a LinkedIn NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Ms. Chan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford.
As a native South African, Nerissa has been a proponent of equality and strives to break the mould of stereotypes in gender, race and professional norms.
Nerissa is currently an independent board member and strategic adviser to:
- Nottx, a firm engaged in promoting diversity by using behavioral science
- Fennech, a fintech developing intelligent cash management
- Portabl.co, a SaaS eco-system that provides portable insurance, benefits and savings products for the global freelance economy.
She is a global mentor, coach to underprivileged scholars and an executive sponsor in diversity groups for women, minorities and young professionals.
Executive MBA, NYU Stern School of Business (2014); Bachelor of Technology: Industrial Engineering, Durban University of Technology (2003), and through continued executive education: Leading Businesses into the Future (2017) and the Senior Executive Programme, London School of Business (2018).
Mohit has over 18 years of professional experience in the U.S, India, Mexico and Europe. He is the President at Infosys Ltd and has responsibility for the Financial Services, Healthcare and Life sciences business. He also manages the Products business for Infosys (which includes Finacle and the AI/Automation software suite).
Mohit lives with his wife and two daughters in London. He has lived and worked in three continents– which has informed his work and his aspirations.
L. Nneka Mobisson is co-founder and CEO of mDoc, a social enterprise that integrates proven methodologies in quality improvement and behavioral science with web and mobile-based technology to optimize the end to end care experience for people living with chronic health needs such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Prior to mDoc, Nneka was Executive Director for Africa at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leading global health organization focused on healthcare quality improvement, where, through her leadership, IHI dramatically expanded its efforts at building sustainable change in healthcare delivery systems in priority African countries. A pediatrician by training, Nneka was previously Vice President of Community Health and Population Health Management at the Connecticut Hospital Association, where she provided leadership to hospitals in population health management. At McKinsey & Company, she worked primarily in the area of strategy development for healthcare companies. At The World Bank, she worked on investing in private health care and developing the health care strategy for Africa. She has also worked at Merck and Co., CDC, and SFH. She earned a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, her MPH from Emory University, and her MD/MBA from Yale University and completed her Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a 2017 Cartier Awards Finalist, a 2014 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Yale Associate World Fellow.
Ms. Daubenspeck is a Managing Director and senior leader global business at a young age. Her professional network and achievements span industries from high tech, retail to healthcare. She has worked in complex environments that are influenced heavily by unions and local governments in health care and for state governments themselves – always looking for ‘win-win’ solutions for organisations and society. She has delivered programs globally in Philippines, China, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Brazil tackling global challenges. Having lead global teams, she has a unique appreciation for talent and opportunities that companies and communities face. With clients in the social media and high-tech space she has delivered mobile and cloud enabled solutions that center on the user experience and harnessing the digital revolution for customers and citizens. She has been a hugely influential sponsor of programs focused on expanding access to education, gender and job readiness. W ith a leadership role in Genesys Works, Towards Employment, and sponsor of Girl Rising Events, she leads in the communities in which she works. Through her career she has supported global organizations such as VSO, and an orphanage in Chennai India.