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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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Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
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Greenland Impact Expedition
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Discover a community of strategic philanthropists who use their resources to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide.
Kakuma Impact Expedition
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Meet our members
Mr. Genki Oda is the famous serial entrepreneur. And he have changed the era in many meanings.
Mr. Oda founded his first company when he was the University Student. He sell-offs his business and invest many venture companies in Japan.
At that time, 2002-2004year, in Japan most venture capital required the venture company to show the phase 3 worth financial statements and the performances. But Mr. Oda thought it was wrong.
From his own experiences, most venture companies don’t have the performances. They just have the passion and plan , and they need the money. Mr. Oda invest for the entrepreneurs who don’t have the evidence or the performances even don’t have the company yet.
His work have succeeded and many venture capital imitative the start-up venture capital now. So, today in Japan the number of the venture company is increasing.
Second, he familiarized the concept of the Social Entrepreneur. He have donated and supported many NPOs and the social entrepreneurs and generated their activities through many media. He was the first member of the Ashoka Japan and the Social Venture Partners Tokyo-Bay.
With his works, today working in the NPOs has become one of the choice for the students.
Today, he challenge the revitalization for company and entrepreneurs. Most Japanese think the failure is critical and regard the failed people as a garbage. But he think everyone have a mistake and sometimes unfortunately one mistake is critical one. He want to change the mind for the failure.
He have revived the Remixpoint which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange markets and the market capitalization have raised from 400million JPY to 60Billion JPY in this 5 years. And the Remixpoint is the attention as the successful company.
Claudia Sender Ramirez
Engineer - CEO at LATAM AIRLINES
Umra Omar received her bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology at Oberlin in 2006. After receiving a master’s degree and starting a career in Washington, D.C., Omar returned to her native country and during a visit to her childhood community on the islands of the Kenya-Somalia border, she learned about a medical aid project that had been abandoned because of the security concerns. That’s when Omar founded Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides free basic (and potentially life-saving) medical services, youth community health trainings and civic engagement for women. In 2016 Omar was selected as a CNN Hero, and in 2017, she was recognised as the 2017 UN Person of the Year.
Piyush Tewari is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), an award-winning non-profit organization committed to saving lives on roads in India. SLF is best known for getting India a Good Samaritan Law and for developing an award-winning model for reducing road crash deaths on Indian highways. Tewari holds an MPA from Harvard and is a recipient of the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise, among others. He has a background in private equity and government, and is a 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
BA in Actuarial Science and MSc in Actuarial Management, CASS Business School, London; EMBA, INSEAD and Tsinghua University. Trained as an actuary, United Kingdom. Nearly 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. Currently, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador for industrialization in Africa.
She is leading the Blockchain charity foundation which is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to using blockchain for transparent philanthropy and achievement of SDG. It was initiated by Binance, the largest crytocurrency exchange by trading volume in the world.
Concurrently, Founder of Made in Africa Initiative, which advises African governments on industrialization and investment promotion. Co-Founder, C&H Garments, which is a pioneer pan-Africa export-oriented garment manufacturer. Committee Member, Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. Young Global Leader and Co-Chair, Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption, World Economic Forum. Recipient of awards and honours, including African Business Icon Award (2015); Officer of the National Order of Lion of Senegal (2016).
Jonathan is the CEO of Grupo Cemaco, the leading home improvement and home furnishings retailer in Guatemala. Jonathan is also the Co-founder of Makbi, one of the prominent players in the commercial rooftop solar energy markets in Guatemala. Jonathan also participates in the boards of several social impact organizations and is an active member of YPO. Prior to joining Grupo Cemaco, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at Violy&Company, a New York-based boutique investment bank focused on Latin America. Jonathan holds a BS from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Mamadou is the Founder of Africa 2.0 Foundation (present in 30+ countries), gathering a community of young leaders from Africa and the Diaspora. Africa 2.0 was a pioneer in designing and proactive influencer in driving a vision for Africa through Advocacy and concrete scalable Impact Initiatives. He founded Ubuntu Group in 2015, an investment/advisory and financial services platform committed to deliver bundled financial and social returns to stakeholders through disruptive technologies and innovative business models. Mamadou recently founded Ubuntu Coin (UCoin), a Digital Currency backed by natural resources, aimed at fostering, inclusive wealth creation via fair trade and financial inclusion.
Over his career, he built solid experience in High Finance, Strategy and Disrupted Technologies to solve problems pertaining to human development. He has worked on advisory assignments consulting with various institutions such as African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, European Union, etc and has executed various investment transactions in more than 26 countries driving growth on the continent and leading a total value of transactions exceeding US$30 billion. Before launching Ubuntu Group, Mamadou served as Managing Director with GE (General Electric) Africa. In this role, he led the regional Capital Markets (Investments and Project Finance) team across Sub-Saharan Africa supporting GE’s industrial business growth with sales’ funding and investment solutions. Before joining GE, Mamadou led International Finance Corporation's (IFC - World Bank Group) investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he worked at BNP Paribas, in Paris, within the Investment Banking Team focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Government Advisory, Privatizations and Project Finance mostly in Infrastructure covering Africa. He started his professional career with KPMG Audit France as an audit consultant.
Mamadou was ranked among the top 100 most influential people in Africa in 2012 by New African Business Magazine. In 2013, BRICS Business Magazine identified him among to 25 Faces of the New Africa. In addition, in 2014, Mamadou was considered by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa. In 2015 in Davos, he received a distinction as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, he was awarded Panafrican Leader of the Year by the prestigious African Democracy Institute. More recently, he contributed to various publications on infrastructure, telecommunications, media and fin-tech. He has committed his passion for Africa since early age, as he started his first NGO at the age of 19, (Afrique Tandem) mobilizing hundreds of African students across Europe to enable skills and knowledge transfer into the continent through concrete uplifting projects and linkages programs. After completing high school at Lycee Louis Le Grand in Paris, he graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC Business School, in France) with a Master of Science in Management. He completed the Executive Training Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Public Private Partnerships. Mamadou speaks 6 languages fluently (French, English, Spanish, German and two African languages) and loves Art, Philosophy, Music and History books.
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.
As CIO of L Investments, oversees capital allocation for the family office. Advisory Board Member, Family Office Association. Steering Committee Member: Yale University School of Management College of Family Offices; Princeton University Council of Family Offices and Endowments; NYU Stern Family Office Council. Member of the Board of Directors: I2BF Venture Fund II; several charitable boards, including Most Valuable Kids of Greater New York, and Care for Kenya. Advisory Board of Genoil, and energy tech company. Thought leader and active speaker on family office investment allocation and diversification across fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, alternative energy and impact investing. Advocate of peak oil and the need for the world to find alternative sources of energy, as well as importance of food security. Active proponent of increasing women on boards. Former world-ranked professional tennis player.