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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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Lydie Hudson

Chief Compliance Officer, Credit Suisse, Switzerland

Lee Jin-Ha

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Spatial Systems, USA

Jinha Lee is a Korean designer, inventor and an entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Spatial, building the future of collaboration with augmented reality. Spatial leverages augmented reality to enable people to teleport and work together from anywhere as if in the same room.

At MIT and Microsoft, Lee developed SpaceTop, a pioneering 3D AR computer that allows users to “reach inside” the screen, flipping through digital documents and windows with their hands. At MIT, he created a physical pixel that levitates and moves freely about, allowing users to physically manipulate data in three-­dimensional space. These projects brought him to the TED stage in 2013 and his talk had 1.8m views worldwide.

At Samsung, he founded the Interactive Visualization Lab and led the redesign of Samsung Smart TVs, turning them into a platform for collaboration and artistic data visualization. In 2015, he was promoted to be the Principal designer and appointed as head of Interaction Group at age 27, making him the youngest Group Leader in corporate history.

An advocate for inclusive design, he co-designed Bradley Timepiece, an innovative tactile wristwatch for the blind. Bradley Timepieces was one of the most successful projects on Kickstarter’s design category in 2013.

Lee was named "35 innovators under 35" by the MIT Technology Review, "32 greatest living designers" by Fast Company, "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum, and Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list. Lee has been awarded with many design awards including Red Dot and IF Design awards.

Lois Auta

Founder and Executive Director, Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria

BSc in Public Administration, University of Abuja. Over five years of experience advocating for the betterment of persons with disabilities. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria. President, Disabled Sports Club - Abuja, President, Women on Wheels Multipurpose Cooperative Society. Vice-President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria Chapter. Assistant National Coordinator, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative. Board Member, Potters Gallery Initiative.

Florian Hoffmann

Founder, The DO School, Germany

Florian is founder of the DO School and a thought leader in the field of social innovation. Powered by a global community from over 100 countries, the DO School enables a purposeful economy that is sustainable and innovative. It enables leading companies and organisations to transform successfully, turn co-created ideas into action, equip entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to lead and build movements, and create real change. Previously, Florian co-founded and led organisations in philanthropy, media and the lifestyle industry in Asia, Europe and the US. He holds an MPhil in International Politics from St Antony´s College, Oxford University with distinction and regularly teaches and contributes to the debate on using entrepreneurship and innovation to create positive change in the world. Florian is a recipient of the German government award Land der Ideen and was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2017. He lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

Ashish Goyal

Senior Portfolio Manager, Pharo Management, United Kingdom

Senior portfolio manager at Pharo Management. Global macro investor, with a focus on Emerging Markets and Asia. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015). The first visually impaired student to have graduated from Wharton Business School, recipient Joseph P. Wharton award, selected by peers, given to one individual who best represents the Wharton Way of Life. Honoured with India’s highest civilian award for a disabled individual – the National Award for the empowerment of persons with disabilities – by the President of India. Has raised thousands of dollars for causes ranging from education of poor children in India to blindness research and international peace. Passionate about theatre and a supporter of the Print Room, a new theatre based in London. Represented the London Metro club in the domestic UK blind cricket tournament.

Samuel Alemayehu

Managing Director, Cambridge Industries Ltd, Ethiopia

Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu is Global Managing Director at Cambridge Industries Ltd. and co-chairman of Moonee Investment Group. Sam started his career in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur.

He was the founder of three successful tech ventures based in California and after that, he was an Associate at Venrock Associates (The Rockefeller Family Venture Firm) investing in consumer media services around the world. Sam incubated a mobile apps platform, 4AFRI Media, at Venrock and moved to Africa to run it. Sam has always believed that infrastructure is the bottleneck for growth in emerging cities. To address this bottleneck, he then helped co-found Cambridge Industries Ltd, to develop and construct sustainable infrastructure in emerging cities starting with those in Africa.

Sam and his team at Cambridge designed an ambitious infrastructure model starting with a facility which can process over 1,000 ton of waste per day and produce over 100,000 MWhr of electricity per year while supporting the direct and indirect employment of over 10,000 people within a single city. Cambridge envisioned a sustainable city park that was a path to self-sufficiency for cities. In August 2018 Cambridge has helped develop and construct a facility that surpassed the goal with a capacity to process 1,400 tonnes per day of waste in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a capacity to produce up to 185,000 GWhr per year. Waste management in the city of Addis Ababa supports over 15,000 jobs. Cambridge Industries Ltd. is aiming to deploy $750 million USD to build six additional facilities throughout Africa.

Samuel is on the board of Contingent Technologies Inc a company in which CIL is a lead investor to develop and own wind energy projects throughout Africa with a focus on East Africa. He is an expert on technology investments and development of renewable energy projects in Africa with emphasize in sustainable cities. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.

Verena Pausder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pausder Ventures GmbH, Germany

As Founder and CEO of ​Fox & Sheep​ (2012) and ​HABA Digitalwerkstatt ​(2016) Verena Pausder is passionate about the digital life and education of children. While they can discover the digital world in a playful and gentle way by using Apps like “Nighty Night!” or “Little Builders” from Fox & Sheep, they look behind the digital scenes and are empowered to shape their world in an active and creative way at HABA Digitalwerkstatt. Both companies are success stories: Fox & Sheep is the largest developer of apps for kids in Germany and with over 20 million downloads among the top ten in Europe. HABA Digitalwerkstatt meanwhile has 8 locations throughout Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg etc) and started bringing mobile Digitalwerkstätten for digital education on schoolyards in North Rhine-Westphalia in November 2018. 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.​ Commitment, networking and a hands-on approach are important to Verena: She started the initiative ​STARTUP TEENS​ to teach students entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore, Verena is a member of the Board of ​Alfred Herrhausen Society​. She also gives first-hand advice on current issues of digitalization on the political level: She serves as a member of the ​Innovation Council​ for the Minister of State for Digitalisation, Dorothee Bär, and she is a member of the ​“Young Digital Economy“​ Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In 2016 Verena was named ​Young Global Leader​ by the World Economic Forum, in 2018 Forbes​ featured her as one of the 50 most influential women in European tech.

Anjali Sud

Chief Executive Officer, Vimeo, USA

Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform. Anjali leads a global team of over 500 individuals dedicated to empowering creators with the tools, technology and community to tell their stories. Anjali previously served as General Manager and Head of Marketing at Vimeo, where she oversaw the growth of over 90 million members using the platform. Before that, she held various positions in e-commerce, finance and media at Amazon and Time Warner.

Anjali has been included in Fortune's 40 under 40, Adweek's Power List and The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen Under 35. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Ska Keller

Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Belgium

I'm a green Member of the European Parliament since 2009, working on trade, migration and european matters. I was the spokesperson of the Young European Green until 2007 and in the lasst elections I was the green candidate for Commission president.