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
Anahita Thoms is an award-winning lawyer who focuses her practice on global investigations, in the field of international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, foreign investment review, data protection, business and human rights. She leads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of the firm's Europe, Middle East and African regional Steering Committee for the Compliance & Investigations Group. She is a regular speaker and moderator on diverse topics, such as trade, sustainability, ethics and AI. Anahita is committed to giving back to society and is passionate about human rights and the fight against modern slavery. She is the Co-Founder of the United Against Modern Slavery initiative.
David Chubak is one of the financial world's youngest influencers, leading a business that spans across global markets and serves more than 100 million customers, with 2,600 branches and 65,000 employees. With an eye to the future and an understanding of the past, he adheres to a philosophy that puts customer well-being first. Most recently, Chubak consolidated Citi’s global retail bank and consumer lending businesses and launched a digital banking strategy to ensure the bank meets the needs of the ever-evolving customer.
Cherrie Atilano has 21 years of experience in sustainable food systems and inclusive agribusiness as an advocate of women and youth in agriculture, agri-technology, malnutrition eradication and the responsible production and consumption for the future of food. She is a multi-awarded entrepreneur and ambassador on agricultural issues.
Andrew Serazin oversees a global portfolio including research on consciousness, creating AI to improve moral decision-making, and practical innovations to promote character strengths like humility, gratitude and forgiveness. An international expert on innovation in global health and development, Serazin led the creation of the Grand Challenges Explorations, which has funded over 1,000 projects and has been recognized as one of the most successful programmes in the history of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Alejandro is a social entrepreneur from Argentina. Pioneer in a new way of doing business.
He co-created Xinca, an eco-friendly footwear company that employs socially vulnerable people.
Maya Roy the CEO of YWCA Canada the largest women's organization in Canada with a 150-year track record. She has a demonstrated track record in diversity and growing non-profits organizations to thrive. She has been named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 & was named a Global Cultural Leader by the European Commission in 2018. Maya was a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada's G7 Presidency. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities and is skilled in grant writing and project planning as well as in strategic communications and marketing. Maya is proficient in English, French and Bengali. Her work has taken her to Thailand, Brazil, India and the UK where she worked with NGOs to support human rights and gender violence prevention. Her essays have been published in Going Beyond the Journey (2013) by Insomniac Press, and she sits on the board of directors for Women's College Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Samar Ali’s career has spanned tenures at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, the State Government of Tennessee, and today as an entrepreneur and human rights lawyer who works locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
Founding the E Pluribus Unum Foundation and leading the Millions of Conversations national campaign, Samar is focused on strengthening democratic institutions in America today.
The White House Fellows Foundation has awarded Samar with the White House Fellows IMPACT Award. Vanderbilt University also honored Samar with the 2018 Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Samar is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by The Tennessean
She is frequently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, Forbes Magazine, the New York Times, the Nashville Business Journal, C-SPAN, NPR, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institute and the Tennessean.
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.
Holds a crucial and strategic portfolio in one of Africa's leading technological powers. Through passion and expertise, has propelled Rwanda forward in its adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution tools.