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
Caroline Berube is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law (with offices in China and Singapore). She is admitted to practice in New York and Singapore and holds a BCL (civil law) and an LL.B. (common law) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She studied Chinese law at the National University of Singapore in 1998/1999 and was one of the first foreign lawyers to be admitted to Singapore.
Caroline is also a serial entrepreneur with four successful start-ups with her brother in various Asian countries before she reached 30. HJM was one of the first women owned, foreign law firms in China in the early 2000’s. Caroline has been working in Asia for more than 17 years with SMEs, MNCs and foreign banks, advising them in the field of commercial law, intellectual property, human resources and M&A in the Asia Pacific region. With an extensive presence on the ground in Asia, Caroline is well versed in the opportunities and risks associated with most Asian jurisdictions. She is highly regarded for her legal expertise in setting up legal and tax corporate structures, and navigating the challenges and options faced by potential and existing investors in Asia.
Caroline is a lecturer at the Laval University in Canada and Sorbonne Assas Law School - Asia Campus. She is fluently bilingual in English and French and teaches in both languages. She is also a regular speaker at various international universities, seminars and conferences, giving over 50 presentations per year. Caroline holds several senior positions in international legal organizations such as the International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association and Primerus. In 2015, Caroline was selected as the Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum which recognizes the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40.
Shaurya Veer Himatsingka
Shaurya is an Entrepreneur and currently serves as the CEO & Deputy Managing Director for India Carbon Limited. At the group level he is responsible for New Projects, Corporate Finance, Strategy, Mergers-Acquisitions & Joint Ventures.
He has been engaged with domestic acquisitions and establsihment of Greenfield Projects, in addition to diversifying into the Mobile Commerce, Real Estate and Infrastructure space.
He is currently leading his team to develop and establish North East India’s first Special Economic Zone in Guwahati, Assam.
Shaurya’s latest entreprenueurial venture is his setting up a Venture Builder under the brand iExponential, to build high value corpprations based on disruptive ideas and a mobile first strategy. He is currently involved in growing businesses in sectors ranging from Fitness & Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’ to Education and Last Mile Passenger Conn ectivity.
He has obtained his Master's in Business Administration (2005) and also his B.Sc from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Shaurya is the National Chairman for CII–Young Indians (13,000 Members) based on Nation Building and Youth & Thought Leadership.
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.
As the Director of the legal charity Reprieve, Maya leads a small team of lawyers fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work, alongside the work of the organisation she has helped shape over the past 7 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones.
Maya holds a BA in Italian and French from Magdalen College, Oxford and LLB from BPP Law School, and was named a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow for her work in helping pharmaceutical companies protect their medicines from misuse in lethal injection executions. The importance of this work was also recognised by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation which awarded Maya the SMK Women Demanding Justice Award also in 2015.
Samar Ali is a mediator who reaches across critical divides to broker deals and build bridges to protect vulnerable communities across the world. Her career has spanned tenures at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, the State Government of Tennessee, and today as an entrepreneur and human rights lawyer who works locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Both her multidisciplinary experiences across borders and upbringing in small-town Tennessee directed her interests toward working to strengthen democratic institutions, processes and principles through establishing the E Pluribus Unum Foundation and leading the American Muslims for Us All national campaign in an effort to de-stigmatize and de-politicize the Muslim identity in America today.
Working on a memoir that chronicles her family’s century long journey for peace, equality and a sense of belonging, Samar hopes to transcend partisanship and build consensus towards civility and mutual respect. Additionally, she is working on a film by Emmy Award-nominated director Michael Collins, Out of Many One, about the meaning of American citizenship today and the future of America’s Democracy. The World Economic Forum recently selected Ms. Ali as a Young Global Leader. The White House Fellows Foundation has awarded Samar with the White House Fellows IMPACT Award. Vanderbilt University also honored Samar with the 2018 Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Samar is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Truman National Security Project. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by The Tennessean and was also recently recognized as a “Rising Star” in the mid-South by Super Lawyers. She is frequently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, Forbes Magazine, the New York Times, the Nashville Business Journal, C-SPAN, NPR, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Tennessean.
Samar started her career practicing law at Hogan Lovells US LLP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and helped establish its first presence in the Middle East before she returned home to the United States to become a White House Fellow. As a White House Fellow in President Barack Obama’s administration, Ms. Ali worked closely with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, where she focused on bi-lateral National Security negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government in Europe and the Middle East. Following this appointment, Samar joined President Jimmy Carter on an International Election Monitoring Delegation to the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections.
After Ms. Ali’s time working in federal government, she returned to her home state, Tennessee, to serve as Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs to Governor Bill Haslam, managing Tennessee’s global relations and establishing its international strategic plan to benefit both urban and rural counties. This strategy led to Tennessee being recognized by the IBM Institute of Business as the top state in the nation for foreign investments and her work was highlighted in the 2012 and 2013 New York Times articles, “Under Attack as Muslims in the US” and “New Path for Trade: Selling in China,” respectively.
After her work in state government, Samar returned to the private sector and co-founded Lodestone Advisory Group, a multi-national consulting firm specializing in innovation, internationalization, and investments. Samar also maintains her law practice through Bass Berry & Sims in Washington, D.C. and Nashville, TN, where she works at the intersection of civil rights and national security law. Through her law practice, Samar continues to work as a third-party mediator in conflict zones around the world.
Samar is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she teaches courses on negotiations, post-nation state theory and international relations. In addition, Samar serves as a Board Member to Winrock International; Vanderbilt Law School; Vanderbilt University’s Board of Distinction; the Foundation for Society, Law & Art in South Africa; and Nashville Public Radio. She is also a Commissioner on the Nashville Metro Council Human Relations Commission, whose mission is to protect the personal dignity, peace, safety, security, health and general welfare of all people in Nashville and Davidson County.
During her time at, and after graduating from law school, Samar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Samar was elected the school’s first Muslim-American Student Body President and was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha graduating cum laude. She and her husband live in Nashville, TN.
Mr. Fayez was appointed Managing Director & CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) in February 2018. Prior to assuming the leadership of BSF, Mr. Fayez held the role of CEO of Savola Group from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Fayez was previously the Managing Director and Saudi Arabia Senior Country Officer at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs' Saudi and London offices. Mr. Fayez started his career at J.P. Morgan's Natural Resources Investment Banking team in New York. Mr. Fayez is a member of the boards of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and Hassana Investment Company. Mr. Fayez graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.
Sue Anne Tay
Sue Anne Tay is HSBC's group strategy lead for RMB (renminbi) internationalization, where she helps to design and implement the bank's RMB business strategy across its global network. She speaks widely across Europe on RMBI, China outbound trends and the Belt and Road Initiative. As a champion of next-generation thought leadership, Tay also co-leads Young China Watchers (YCW), a non-profit whose mission is to foster a network of 5,000 China-focused young professionals across Asia, Europe and the US as future China thought leaders. In a personal capacity, she has launched research platforms ShanghaiStreetStories.com and ChinainCentralAsia.com, which have been featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian and Asia Society, among others.
Long-term banker and private equity executive with stints at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Citibank. Worked on several high-profile transactions. Took part in the reform of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority as the Assistant to the Chairman and head of corporate finance; led major restructuring efforts including the introduction of the region's first takeover code. Former Founding President, Egyptian Young Bankers Association. Helping young bankers network and improve their skill set. Since 2011, has dedicated more time promoting and supporting entrepreneurship especially in less privileged Egyptian cities outside Cairo and with female entrepreneurs by mentoring and participating in business plan competitions and lecturing on various related topics. Has also participated in various efforts linking women together as a basis for narrowing the cultural divide between Eastern and Western cultures. Was among six women taking part in the Australian Arab Women dialogue in Australia in 2013, in addition to other projects.
Alisha is the Executive Director of Aster DM Healthcare which is an integrated healthcare conglomerate of 30 years’ standing which spans 9 countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, India, Philippines, and Jordan). Aster provides primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care services, and now has more than 300 facilities. The Group employs more than 20,000 people, of which 2,000 are doctors and some 6,000 are paramedical and nursing staff. Alisha is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). and worked earlier with Ernst & Young. She has graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting. Alisha's philosophy in life is 'Healthiness is Happiness'. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women's empowerment and mental health. She believes in diversity of the workforce, the strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. Health is a birthright of every human on this planet. Alisha is dedicated to ensure that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.