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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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Almira Zejnilagic

Managing Director, FTI Consulting, United Kingdom

Head of FTI's Global Risk and Investigations Practice in Europe and Africa, Early member, Serbian Student Union; early 2000s, elected to represent it. Started career at Serbian Parliament, for the Org. for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Worked in Serbian Ministry of Finance. Headed up Natural Resources Dept, Global Witness, an NGO investigating corruption in extractive industries. Managing Director, FTI Consulting. Pro bono work for charitable organizations, Eastern Europe. British Young Leader (2011), Wilton Park (the UK FCO).

Christine Hsu

Managing Director, Co-Head of Financial Sponsors Group, Asia-Pacific, UBS AG, Hong Kong SAR, China

Christine is a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank and Co-heads the Financial Sponsors Group in Asia-Pacific covering private equity clients across the region. She has also been the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Diversity & Inclusion Council since 2014 promoting awareness of diversity issues across the region, attracting and retaining key talent and increasing inclusiveness across the bank. Christine has worked at UBS for 17 years in both the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions based in Hong Kong and San Francisco, respectively. She has a Bachelor of Science from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Krating" Ruangroj Poonpol

Managing Partner, TrueNorth Venture Co.,Ltd., Thailand

Krating Poonpol has spent years building Thailand's technology start-up ecosystem from scratch. Selected as Thailand's Business Man of the Year in 2016, he started the first start-up education programme in Thailand in 2012, which graduated over 1,000 start-up founders. He later started start-up accelerator in ASEAN as well as a start-up venture capital firm. He is passionate about education and serves as the youngest member of the executive board of the Thailand Education Partnership led by the former prime minister and minister of education of Thailand.

Genki Oda

Chief Executive Officer, Remixpoint, Inc., Japan

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.

Cynthia Wu

Executive Director, Shin Kong Life Foundation, Taiwan, China

Cynthia Wu is a business executive, nonprofit leader and philanthropist. She began her career in financial services as an investment analyst at Merrill Lynch in London. She moved back to Taipei to work for her family business, the Shin Kong (SK) Group, which was founded in 1945 and has several areas of business including financial services, real estate, energy, retail, health care and security. Rising in the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Shin Kong Life, Cynthia now oversees transformation planning, human resources and business development into ASEAN countries. As Executive Director of the SK Life Foundation she has won several national awards, including the National Civic Service Award for the best NGO in Taiwan and also started a local social enterprise which is now expanding their operations in Asia.

She studied for her BA at Wellesley College, her MBA at London Business School, and her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She serves a board member on several companies in SK group and was also a U.K. trustee of the Institute for Philanthropy and the international board member of The Philanthropy Workshop. Cynthia has been named as one of China’s 100 outstanding female entrepreneurs, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Dee Chu Ying Poon

Managing Director, Brands and Distribution, Esquel Group, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide.

Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong), a member of the Asia Advisory Board at Christie’s, on the International Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center (Cambridge, MA), a Member on the Family Advisory Council of The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd Business School, as well as on the Global Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (Hong Kong & London). She is on the Board of Directors for the Esquel - Y.L. Yang Education Foundation. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.

Actively engaged in the arts, Dee sits on the International Council of the Tate (London), and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation (Beijing & New York), and has served on the Board of Directors of Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong). Dee has also been on the Performance Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council (New York), and was a co-founder of the Ambassadors of Design (Hong Kong). Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as part of 42x42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.

Before joining Esquel, Dee was an Editor-at-Large for iLook Magazine and a featured columnist for Modern Weekly, where she wrote about sustainability. Her 2008 pop-up retail venture DYSEMEVAS was one of the first to highlight the emerging Chinese design scene outside of China.

Dee graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a BA in philosophy

Alison Loat

Managing Director, FCLTGlobal (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), Canada

Managing Director, FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term); Director, Ai-Media and Board Chair, Ai-Media Canada; Senior Fellow, University of Toronto School of Public Policy; Governor, Ridley College. Entrepreneur, public policy leader, management consultant and one of Canada’s leading thinkers on political leadership and democratic engagement. Formerly with: Samara Canada; McKinsey & Company; Government of Canada; MaRS Discovery District. Former President, Canadian Club of Toronto. Co-Founder, Canada25. Author of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. Recipient: Youth Leaders Award, Public Policy Forum; Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Named one of 100 Top Women in Canada. Degrees, Queen’s University and Harvard Kennedy School.

Carol Yu Ying

Producer and Host, Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd, Hong Kong SAR, China

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show “Visionaries” with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. Show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many familiar names in Greater China. Formerly: with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong; World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics, Stanford University; Master’s in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Kathryn Koch

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Portfolio Management and Business Strategy, Goldman Sachs, USA

Katie is global head of client portfolio management and business strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity. In this role, she leads our global team of client portfolio managers in the development and communication of our investment and market views. Katie is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group.

Katie serves on the Securities Industry Institute Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named by Financial News as a Rising Star in Asset Management. Additionally, Katie has contributed significantly to the firm’s research efforts on the economic enfranchisement of women in the developing world.

Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.