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
Larry Madowo is a US Correspondent for BBC World News. He is an on-air correspondent and presenter reporting from North America across the BBC on radio and television. He was previously the BBC Africa Business Editor and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. Larry led the development and launch of 6 new business TV shows for African audiences from the BBC in English, French and Swahili. He set up and managed a new BBC Africa Business unit with journalists spread across London, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018 by NewAfrican magazine.
Larry has reported from over 40 countries and interviewed some of the world’s most prominent business, political and cultural leaders. Larry was a Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post’s Global Opinions page and has also written for the BBC, CNN and the Guardian US. He previously worked in Nairobi, London and Johannesburg. Larry has presented his own radio and television shows and spoken at conferences around the world. He is also a pioneering digital journalist with an audience of nearly 4 million followers on social media. He has an MA in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University.
Halla Hrund Logadottir
Halla Hrund Logadottir is the Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Founder of the Arctic Innovation Lab, established to encourage business and social innovation across the Arctic region. In her native Iceland, Halla serves on the advisory board to Iceland's Minister of Industry, Innovation and Commerce on Iceland's Energy Fund and collaborates with the country's senior leadership on Arctic issues. Halla is the former director of the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University where she lectures on Arctic affairs. Halla is a frequent commentator on environment, energy, and innovation for the Arctic. She was one of the 15 invited writers in United Nations Chronicle's special edition on sustainable energy published in relation to COP21 and co-curates the World Economic Forum's Arctic Transformation Map. Among her other roles include being the Co-founder of Girls4Girls non-profit; a global mentorship program which aims to arm young women with the courage, vision, and skills needed to take on public leadership. Previously, Halla worked on an entrepreneurship training program in Togo, West Africa, on the "Aid for Trade Initiative," at the OECD in Paris, and as an EU and bilateral officer for Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs in Brussels. In 2016, Halla was selected as a Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow through Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and earned an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier, Halla studied political science, economics and trade at the University of Iceland, the London School of Economics, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University..
Member of the 13th National People's Congress. Founder of Serve For China, a non-governmental and non-profit organization sending top university graduates and young professionals to work in remote villages on poverty reduction and rural public service improvement. Served as village chief in rural China for seven years. Recipient of First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service. BA in Economics and Political Science, Yale University.
Serene Chen Huijing
Huijing Serene Chen is one of the youngest senior financial market leaders globally. Chen is responsible for the fixed income and currencies business for clients in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. A regular speaker at global conferences, she has been a driving force behind the innovation and digitization of market risk and technology solutions to help client organizations unlock value and increase efficiencies. Chen is a leading advocate for women in business and has been instrumental in supporting women’s leadership in the industry, actively working to help empower, mentor and build confidence in women.
MA in Economics, Fudan University; MPA, MA and PhD, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. 2007-08, Special Assistant to the Governor, Bank of Israel. 2008-13, Economist, International Monetary Fund. 2013-15, Senior Adviser to the Administrator of SAFE. Currently, Chief Economist and Head of Research, State Administration of Foreign Exchange Investment Center; Member, China Finance 40 Forum.
Amal Clooney is a barrister practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London who specialises in international law and human rights. Her clients range from political prisoners and ousted Heads of State to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before international courts in The Hague, at the European Court of Human Rights and in courts in the UK and US. She has been appointed to UN commissions investigating terrorist attacks in the Middle East and armed drone strikes in Pakistan, and was an adviser to Kofi Annan on Syria. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Human Rights, and is author of the book The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Simon Sheikh is the CEO and co-founder of Future Super, a fast growing ethical investment focussed asset manager in Australia with $1.2b under management across pension and managed investments. The pension fund has approximately 15,000 investors and helps everyday Australians divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. Prior to founding Future Super Simon was a candidate for the Australian Senate where he narrowly lost out on being elected in 2013.
Simon's background is as a community activist, having run the 1 million strong group GetUp. In this role he led campaigns on clean energy, carbon pricing, mental health reform and water policies. Prior to joining GetUp as its second National Director, Simon worked at the NSW Treasury as a Financial Analyst. Simon is passionate about parenthood and climate action. He is the father of a cheeky and lively four year old.
Kalin Anev Janse
Kalin Anev Janse is the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board of the ESM and EFSF. He is in charge of the Funding and Investor Relations division responsible for €300 billion of outstanding debt and the Investment and Treasury division investing the €80 billion ESM capital. Additionally, he is in charge of ALM & Lending overseeing the ESM and EFSF balance sheet, and IT & Operations running technology and facilities of the institution.
Before taking on the CFO position, he was the Secretary General responsible for amongst others Corporate Governance, Shareholder relations, HR and Finance & Control. He previously worked in strategy at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, corporate finance advisory at McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands and investment banking at JPMorgan in London. He held several political positions in the Netherlands.
Kalin Anev Janse studied MSc. Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management and Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. For his undergraduate degree, he studied Business Administration in Finance, Banking and Insurance at the Vrije University Amsterdam. He is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum.
MBA (Hons), INSEAD; MA, University of Cambridge. Formerly: six years in private equity with Advent International; and two years with investment banking division, Goldman Sachs. Since 2007, with CVC Capital Partners: 2008, co-founded the Global Financial Services Group; has led a number of market-defining investments, for example: Avolon (a growth investment that has created the third largest global aircraft lessor from start-up) and Paysafe (acquisition and acceleration of growth in the largest independent e-wallet business and a competitor to PayPal); currently, Senior Private Equity Executive.