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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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Verena Pausder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pausder Ventures GmbH, Germany

Verena founded the companies Fox & Sheep GmbH in 2012 and HABA Digital GmbH in 2016 and is passionate about the digital life and education of children. Verena is driven by a great vision: All children are supposed to access digital education equally. Therefore, Verena founded the non-profit association Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V. in 2017. Furthermore, Verena is a member of the Board of Comdirect bank and of Lufthansa Innovation Hub. She also gives first-hand advice on current issues of digitalization on the political level and serves as a member of the Innovation Council for the Minister of State for Digitalization, Dorothee Bär.

Shamoon Sultan

Chief Executive Officer, Khaadi, Pakistan

Ahmed Ali Al-Hammadi

Head, Active Investments, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar

Ahmed Al-Hammadi serves as the Chief for Europe, Russia and Turkey at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He oversees the fund's investments in Europe. He served as the Head of Active investments overseeing direct and fund investments from 2015 to 2020. He served as an associate in the asset management department from 2010 to 2014 and was responsible for reviewing and recommending investments for the QIA hedge fund portfolio, the venture capital programme, and for attracting asset managers to Qatar. He serves as non-independent non-executive director at Pavilion REIT Management. He also is a board member of Heathrow Airport and SoFi since 2018. From 2008 to 2010, he served as vice-president, asset management, EFG-Hermes Qatar, where he oversaw the asset management business in Qatar. Prior to that, he was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and worked on the restructuring and strategy recommendation for several financial service firms in the Middle East and was a financial reporting analyst from 2003 to 2005.

Al-Hammadi graduated with a BSc in economics, finance and accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Nora Khaldi

Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nuritas, Ireland

Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Her revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognized by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the European Union Commission. She is the founder of Nuritas, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence to the food arena, with the aim of creating the future of food and personalized nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Nuritas was recently classified among the 21 most innovative start-ups in the world along with Uber.

Khaled Al Sabawi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Open Screenplay, Canada

Khaled Al Sabawi is an award-winning Canadian serial-entrepreneur of Palestinian origin. Khaled is a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo, one of Canada’s leading universities, and was featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East for his work in renewable energy and in expanding property rights in the West Bank.

Khaled is also the Founder & CEO of Open Screenplay, a first of its kind online platform that helps you write a compelling story and screenplay with the option of collaborating with storytellers from around the world. As founder and President of MENA Geothermal, a two-time recipient of Energy Globe Award, Khaled installed the largest geothermal system in the Middle East at the American University in Jordan. As CEO & Vice Chairman of Union Construction and Investment, one of the largest social-impact investors in Palestine, Khaled founded TABO, a project that expands property rights in the West Bank by creating title deeds and enables Palestinians the ability to own affordable land, and protects Palestinian land from illegal annexation.

In 2015 Khaled was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Khaled was named "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post and was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines. Khaled also received the Takreem Award for Young Entrepreneur.

Khaled is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering Program, the Harvard John F. Kennedy School’s Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education Program, and the Oxford Said Business School’s Leadership at the Edge Program.

Susana Sierra

Partner and Executive Director, BH Compliance, Chile

As an internationally recognized leader, Susana Sierra has fought for corporate integrity in Chile and co-authored a book, Corrupción a la carta, that deals with corruption more broadly. She also founded Fundación Independízate to provide support to entrepreneurs.

Farhan Latif

President, El-Hibri Foundation, USA

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross-sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. His work is inspired by democratic values and universal norms shared by faith traditions and his leadership has challenged global extremism and ideologically motivated hate. He leads the DC-based El-Hibri Foundation, focused on intersectional coalition building around religion, race and gender equity, and investing in minority leaders and allies to build capacity and resilience. Previously, in his capacity as executive director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, he advised White House officials, Homeland Security and other agencies on issues tied to national security and equity.

Khadija Idrissi Janati

President, I-AFRIKA, Morocco

Khadija is a Moroccan Entrepreneur, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Expert.

Khadija is the co-founder and President of I-AFRIKA, a non-profit organization, a network of African entrepreneurs operating in different sectors, with a common objective of positively impact Africa. In 2016, she has launched Africa Trade and Investment Summit – Ifrane Forum, a yearly event happening in Ifrane, Morocco, gathering economic and political operators from all over Africa, to reflects on the future of Africa and create opportunities for the development of intra-Africa trade and South-South economic cooperation.

Since 2009, Khadija has created several companies in media and communications sector. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Tea And Koffee, a PR firm operating on both Moroccan and African levels. She has created and managed few media outlets, a weekly sports newspaper Al Mawiid Arriadi and a daily generalist electronic newsletter Le20heures.

Khadija is very active in promoting women entrepreneurship and Economic autonomation. She is a board member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco and a founding member of the Moroccan Network for Mentoring and Networking.

Khadija is involved in number of national and international organizations working for women economic empowerment. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Moroccan Association for Women Entrepreneurs (AFEM), member of Vital Voices Global Global Leadership Network and alumna of the Women of the Mediterranean (WOMED) Program by the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She has also run for Moroccan local elections in 2015.

In September 2014, Khadija was received by President Barack Obama in recognition of her outstanding contribution to civil society work in Morocco and the region.

Khadija speaks often in the local media about women empowerment, entrepreneurship and social development.

Khadija is 37, she is married and mother of two girls, and passionate about photography and running.

Lisa Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosphere+, United Kingdom

Lisa Walker recently left BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change to become CEO of start-up Ecosphere+. Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years, closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy formation, sector coalition building and low-carbon business development. She was a driving force behind the UK Emissions Trading Group, the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (which she Co-Chaired), the Sustainable Gas Institute and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Lisa helped BG Group secure multiple industry awards for sustainability. Before BG Group Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of the BP Carbon Ventures corporate-VC fund. Lisa successfully secured capital for many innovative investments in sustainable land-use and forestry, low-carbon technologies and b io-energy, including first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Lisa is a mother of four and originally from New Zealand.