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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.

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Angela Baker

Director, Social Impact, Qualcomm, USA

Angela Baker oversees Corporate Responsibility at Qualcomm. This includes Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached millions of beneficiaries. Baker also oversees Qualcomm's Sustainability team and strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.

Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.

Ramzi Jaber

Co-Founder, Visualizing Impact (VI), Canada

Ramzi is a director at e.construct which specializes in value engineering and structural design in addition to working on 3D concrete printing along with UHPC - ultra high performance concrete.

Ramzi Jaber is also the cofounder of Visualizing Impact (VI), an interdisciplinary organization that specializes in data visualization, technology and data journalism creating visual stories on social issues.

Ramzi has also co-created onlinecensorship.org (OC), a platform that promotes transparency and accountability of the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc). Ramzi has also served as key organizer and curator of TEDxRamallah, an independently organized TED event, showcasing inspirational stories of Palestine.

Ramzi's work has been featured in CNN, BBC, Fortune, Policy Mic, Foreign Policy , Fast Company, Jazeera, Open Democracy, Stanford Daily, Global Voices, Guardian and has given talks at Google Mountain view and a TEDx Talk at TEDxSummit in Doha. During the Spring of 2012 he was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Ramzi has been recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow, has been featured by Creative Commons and a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow. For two years in a row, Ramzi has been selected as one of the 100 most influential young Arabs and 100 most powerful arabs under 40

Zhang Lu

Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund, USA

Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018). Recipient of honours and awards, including: Honouree in VC, Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018, Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer, and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth. Formerly: Venture Partner, Fenox Venture Capital; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Speaker at tech events and conferences and also serves as a mentor and adviser to several tech innovation programmes in Silicon Valley. Member of the Board: Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award. MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.

Asha De Vos

Executive Director, Oceanswell, Sri Lanka

Dr. Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She has degrees from the University of St. Andrews, University of Oxford and the University of Western Australia but escaped academia to establish her own Sri Lankan grown non-profit, Oceanswell. Oceanswell, a marine conservation research and education organization is home to the well-known ‘Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project’ the first long-term study on blue whales in the region. Asha’s work has been showcased internationally by Channel 7 Australia, the BBC, the New York Times, CNN, WIRED UK, the New Scientist, TED, Grist, GOOD, Nature and National Geographic. Asha is the first and only Sri Lankan to have a PhD in Marine Mammal research, the first Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation from Sri Lanka and also the first National Geographic Explorer from her small island nation. Asha is also a TED Senior fellow, an Ocean Conservation Fellow at the New England Aquarium, a Duke Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Oceana. Asha’s life work is to change the current marine conservation model, protect this unique population of blue whales and inspire the next generation of ocean heroes from every coastline.

Anurag Thakur

Member of Parliament, Parliament of India, India

Former professional cricketer. Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Hamirpur, India, twice re-elected; has served as a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Parliamentary Standing Committee for Transport, Tourism & Culture and the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Power; Lead Speaker for the Opposition during the Rail Budget debate in the Lok Sabha. 2013, re-appointed to second term as National President, BJYM. Joint Secretary, Board of Control for Cricket in India. Vice-President, Indian Olympic Association. President, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. Founder, Honour Our Women (HOW) Foundation. Recipient, awards and honours, including: Best Young Parliamentarian (2011); Financial Times 25 Indians to Watch in 2012; rated among India's Top 10 MPs, CNNIBN, India Today Group & The Times of India (2014).

Yin Qi

Chief Executive Officer, Face++, People's Republic of China

Yin Qi founded a company called Megvii with two college friends in Beijing in 2011. Now people from over 220 countries and regions use Megvii’s face-recognition platform, Face++. The company has more than 1,500 employees. Face++ has transformed businesses in China, both online and offline, the technology is applied in public security, real estate, finance, and retail in addition to consumer-oriented applications such as unlocking smartphones.

Akira Kirton

Commercial Director, European Acetyls, BP Chemicals Limited, United Kingdom

Akira Kirton is Commercial Director for European Acetyls – covering operations across Europe and the full sales, marketing, logistics, HSSE, and operational p’n’l responsibility for the business. Prior to this role, Akira was Managing Director for BP Ventures, growing the portfolio to $500m capital invested, having led a number of deals ranging from bio-jet fuel (e.g. Fulcrum Bio-energy, US), ultra-fast vehicle charging (e.g. StoreDot, Israel), and low carbon products (e.g. Tricoya Technologies, Europe). Akira was on the board of Fulcrum, Tricoya, StoreDot and the OGCI CI prior to moving to his new role. Akira remains board director of Tricoya Technologies (low-carbon, sustainable wood product company), and continues to drive forward on the sustainability agenda in energy and climate. Akira is a recipient of the 2008 IChemE Award for Innovation and a 2012 Fellow of the Marshall Memorial Foundation. On a pro-bono basis, Akira also sits on the Board of #iamthecode (a YGL initiative focussed on providing STEM skills/digital skills to underprivileged young women/girls) and involved in supporting the Druids Collective (YGL initiative that is focussed on helping support #tech4good from non-traditional markets). Akira holds a first class MChem Eng from Imperial College London and a BSc in Law.

Torsten Lichtenau

Partner, Bain & Company Inc., United Kingdom

Torsten Lichtenau, a partner at Bain & Company since 2004, has extensive international experience having been based in Bain’s London, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg offices and having worked in Europe, Africa and the US. He is a German and Swiss national, who grew up across Europe.

The focus of his work is driving corporate transformations. A member of Bain’s global organization practice with deep expertise on complexity reduction, he also heads the ‘Results Delivery’ practice in London.

He has a passion for people and invests in developing individuals (member of the Bain Academy training the next generation of African leaders).

Dorjee Sun

Chief Executive Officer, Perlin.net, Singapore

Project Manager, Perlin.net, an international trade based blockchain facilitating digitalized trade documents on the blockchain with its strategic partnerships and support from the International Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Government. Formerly: Chief Operating Officer, Santiment.net, a cryptocurrency big data industry leader. Adviser and investor into blockchain projects. Social entrepreneur who has co-founded 20 companies with 2 acquisitions and 4 exits and assets sales. Founder and Director, Home Group. Director, Carbon Conservation. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named by TIME Magazine as a “Hero of the Environment”; honoured by African Rainforest Conservancy with the Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest – the “Kinyongia dorjeesuni”; CPA Top 20 Business Leader; one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Gentlemen of Philanthropy; Asialink Leaders Program Alumni Award; named an Asia Society 21 Fellow; World Cities Summit Future Leader. Teaches entrepreneurship to PhDs and engineering students at UNSW and Macquarie University. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board, Climate Reality. Work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets.