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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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Ahmed Ali Al-Hammadi

Head of Active Investments, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar

Ahmed Hammadi serves as the acting head of active investments and head of fund investments at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He oversees active investment portfolios, including sector portfolios, managed portfolios and fund investments and is responsible for fund investments in private equity, equity, hedge funds and real estate. 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. 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. 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.

Lily Sarafan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Home Care Assistance, USA

Lily Sarafan is President and CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA), where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with more than 7,000 employees across 170 markets. HCA is consistently recognized as a best-in-class consumer service, and Lily as a featured expert on innovation in healthcare and the future of aging at the White House and global conferences.

Lily is also a board member, investor and advisor for innovative companies, serving as a board director for Thumbtack, Entefy, and Counsyl through its sale to Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN). Her board service extends to high-impact nonprofits including the Stanford Alumni Association, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Innovation Economies, and the Women's Alzheimer's Movement. She is Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative, and serves in leadership roles to advance global economic development, diaspora civic engagement, and precision health.

Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Member of Young Presidents' Organization, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Niel Harper

Founder and Chairman, Octave Consulting Group, Bermuda

Founder and Chairman, Octave Consulting Group, a boutique advisory firm that works with business leaders to effectively manage the full spectrum of cyber risks. Has held leadership or advisory roles with AT&T, Bemol Lojas, CIBC, European Commission, Internet Society, and the United Nations, among others. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader. Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Technology Foresight Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Networks on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Telecoms. LLM in Internet Law and Policy, University of Strathclyde; MBA, University of Leicester; and Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation and Policy, University of the West Indies. Expert in privacy, cybersecurity, and information technology (IT) governance & risk management.

Courtney Leimkuhler

President, Springbank, USA

My husband Charles and I just returned from a year of amazing global travel with our two young children. Before taking a year off, I was the Chief Financial Officer of Marsh and of the Risk and Insurance Services segment of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Before that I was the head of strategy and M&A for the New York Stock Exchange's parent company NYSE Euronext. I started my career in a variety of roles at Goldman Sachs. I went to Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

I believe strongly in access to opportunity and role models and spent many years as the vice chairman of the board of Futures and Options, a New York City-based non-profit that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing job skills training and paid internships to at-risk high school kids. I'm also on the board of the Agnes Irwin School which is my alma mater.

I set up a small advisory and investment business while I decide what to do next. I am very committed to putting capitalism to work on some of the most pressing issues that we are facing right now. Two areas that I have spent the most time on so far are gender parity and the climate crisis.

Lauren Koopman

Head of Impact, Align17, USA

Recognized expert in sustainable investing. Accomplished and dedicated sustainability professional with extensive experience leading initiatives related to enhancing revenue and mitigating risk. Highly skilled at integrating environmental and social considerations into investment decisions to enable detailed evaluation of market risks and opportunities.

Seasoned capital markets veteran (Deutsche Bank, Bank of America), with an MBA in Finance, extensive work in equity derivatives and years of experience consulting with asset managers on integrating ESG into the relevant aspects of their investment process.

Executive Director at PwC - Sustainable Business Solutions practice. Led PwC’s pro bono work with the United Nations CEO Water Mandate. Advises corporate clients on strategy and implementation to improve environmental, social and governance performance. Works with financial institutions to help mitigate the impact of resource scarcity and environmental damage in current and future investments.

Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. MBA in Finance. BA in Public Policy. Travel throughout the world viewing sustainability and water scarcity issues first-hand in Africa, India, China/Tibet, the Middle East and the Arctic Circle.

Geoffrey See

Founder and Chairman, Chex SG Limited, Singapore

Geoffrey is the Founder and Chairman of Choson Exchange. Over more than a decade, Geoffrey built the leading grassroots-led organization driving economic change in North Korea, training over 2000 North Koreans in entrepreneurship, economic policy and law and reaching more than 10,000 with their materials. In North Korea, his work exposed a generation of Koreans to international practices, and contributed to enterprise reform, Special Economic Zones establishment and legal reforms strengthening property rights. His work has been written up as Harvard Business School case study, which he helps teach to Harvard MBAs in a class on Global Capitalism. He has survived two near-death experiences in his work in North Korea. Geoffrey also advises an inter-Korean government project, is a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital and is passionate about technologies for financial inclusion and data. He co-founded a co-working space business in Vietnam, help established a securities exchange in Singapore built on blockchain technology, and most recently is working to provide identity solutions for the unbanked in emerging markets through AI and facial recognition technologies. Geoffrey graduated from Yale University and the Wharton School and was an exchange student at Tsinghua University.

Danae Ringelmann

Founder and Chief Development Officer, Indiegogo, Norway

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission make entrepreneurship accessible to all. Today, Danae leads Indiegogo's industry development efforts, while steering the company’s employee culture and values initiatives.

Honors include: Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40, ELLE Magazine’s Woman in Tech Power List, and Fast Company’s Top 50 Women Innovators in Tech. Danae speaks frequently around the world on technology, finance, innovation and culture. Talks include TEDx, SXSW, Web Summit and a testimony to the House Small Business Subcommittee.

Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.

Julia Bacha

Filmmaker and Creative Director, Just Vision, USA

Julia Bacha is a media strategist and award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai International Film Festivals, and broadcast on the BBC, HBO, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television channels. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University in 2003, she has strategically used film to highlight under documented stories from the Middle East. Julia started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she co-wrote and edited Jehane Noujaim's critically acclaimed documentary, Control Room (2004), for which she was nominated to the Writer's Guild of America Award. Control Room marked the first time most Americans were exposed to an inside view of Al Jazeera and generated wide public debate about US media coverage during the war in Iraq. Since 2004, Julia has been working closely with Ronit Avni to develop and implement Just Vision's media strategy. She wrote and co-directed Encounter Point (2006), which was broadcast on Al Arabiya and endorsed by the Israeli Education ministry, directed and produced Budrus (2009), which had a palpable impact on US and Arab media coverage of nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, and directed and produced My Neighbourhood (2012), which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. She has been a guest on numerous television shows such as Charlie Rose, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchel Reports and Al Jazeera's Frost over the World. For her influential work in shaping media in the US and beyond, Julia is the co-recipient of the 2009 King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2010 Search for Common Ground Award, 2011 Ridenhour Film Prize and the 2012 O Globo “Faz Diferença” Award. Julia is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and her TED talk “Pay Attention to Nonviolence” has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Li Yinuo

Director, China Country Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, People's Republic of China

Yinuo Li is Director of China Country Office at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She oversees a team that works with China’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address key domestic and global health, development, and policy issues. Before joining the foundation in 2015, she was a partner at McKinsey & Co., Beijing office, served as co-leader of the Healthcare Practice and as leader of the Social Sector and Global Public Health Practice. Yinuo has a B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UCLA.