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.
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
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Asia's leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. BA and MA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; PhD in Biology and postdoctoral research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Recipient of honours and awards, including: L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship; 2013 Singapore Youth Award; 2014 MIT Technology Review's 10 Innovators Under 35 (Asia); 2017 ACS Nano Junior Fellowship. Research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by the BBC, MIT Technology Review and South China Morning Post. Inventor on four US patents, three of which have been licensed for commercialization. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.
Muna Ghanim Ghanim Al Marri
Prominent young Emirati leader in the United Arab Emirates, media landscape. Leading advocate for the empowerment of women and their greater participation in national development. Holds a number of leadership positions including: Director-General, Government of Dubai Media Office; President, Dubai Press Club; Secretary-General, Arab Journalism Award; Chairperson, Organising Committee, Arab Media Forum; Chairperson, Organising Committee, Arab Social Media Influencers Summit. Also responsible for supervising the publishing sector, Dubai Media. Member of the Board: National Media Council; Dubai Media; Young Arab Leaders. Member of the first Board of Dubai Media City. Journey as an advocate for women’s development and empowerment began in 2003 when Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum appointed her as Vice-President, Dubai Ladies Club. Led the creation and development of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE); currently Chairperson of DWE’s Board. Vice-President, UAE Gender Balance Council. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media and Entertainment and culture.
Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs
Fabio Ziemssen has been working at the forefront of food-tech development in Germany and Europe for a decade to create a strong ecosystem for innovators, visionaries and founders. He has built a number of communities, including the Alternative Protein Association, Next Generation Food Think Tank and Foodnext, creating workspaces and innovation hubs, such as Food2025.de and Super7000. In 2017, he was elected by "Business Punk" as the top leader in food innovation in Germany.
Michelle Rempel Garner
Canadian Member of Parliament. Has served in Cabinet as a Minister of State in the government of Stephen Harper. Has also managed the sponsored research portfolio for one of Canada's top research intensive universities. Has over a decade of experience in managing and commercializing intellectual property, and in management consulting. Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Women's Executive Network. Twice named as Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star, Maclean's Magazine.
Pakistani designer. Fashion-forward label, Teena, launched 5 years ago, has grown rapidly into one of the country’s most recognizable labels. Since 2013, Member of the Punjab Province Assembly. Member of the Women Caucus and helps in the vocational training of women and minorities. Strong interest in women’s rights and is working specially on legislation of women.
Rafat Ali Al-Akhali is a Fellow of Practice – Strategic Projects at the Blavatnik School of Government. From 2017 to 2018, Rafat has managed the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. From 2018-2019, he led the secretariat of Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.
Rafat has previously served as Minister of Youth and Sports in the Government of Yemen, and prior to that was leading the Policy Reforms team at the Executive Bureau for Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms. In that position, Rafat led the planning and implementation of key reforms in Yemen including fuel subsidies, power sector, and civil service reforms. He also led business environment reforms and government efforts in private sector development.
Prior to joining the Yemeni government, Rafat worked as a Senior Consultant and Analyst for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in Canada. He has also worked in the field of development with a number of international development agencies in Yemen, and was a member of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva where he participated in the accession process of several countries including Yemen.
Rafat earned his second Master degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK. His first Master degree was in Business Administration (MBA) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada.
In addition to his professional career, Rafat has been active in the field of youth development and youth political inclusion since 2004. He is the Co- Founder and Chairman of Resonate! Yemen, a leading non-profit foundation that specializes in the field of engaging youth in public policy in Yemen. He sits on the board of advisors of Rowad Entrepreneurship Foundation in Yemen, and is a trustee of Silatech Qatar, the leading foundation working on tackling youth unemployment in the Arab world. Al-Akhali was selected as a Young Global Leaders in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. He was previously a non-resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the “GCC in Transition” project at Chatham House.
Gregg Treinish is the Founder and Executive Director of Adventure Scientists, an organization that has developed new tools to address long-standing environmental threats. His work has guided authorities to catch illegal loggers, created the largest dataset on Earth for microplastics pollution, advanced a new suite of interventions against antibiotic resistant superbugs, and doubled crop yields across 2 million acres of land.
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.