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
Gwenaelle Huet was appointed in May 2019, Executive Vice President of ENGIE in charge of the Global Renewables Business Line, and President and CEO, ENGIE North America. She joined ENGIE in 2010 as Senior Vice President for European and Regulatory Affairs. She also served as the CEO of its France Renewables business. Gwenaëlle began her career with the French government joining various ministerial offices as an advisor to the Secretary of State for European Affairs, and later to the Minister of Energy. She holds a Bachelors degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, an agrégation in Chemical Physics, and an Engineer Degree at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees
Doctorate in Biostatistics, Harvard University. Fervent advocate of child empowerment and education. Initiated the Digital Intelligence Quotient (DQ) education framework and assessment. Developed the first interactive digital citizenship education platform for children in Korea and Singapore, including a research hub to shape public policy for internet safety. Started #DQEveryChild movement to empower children worldwide with core DQ skills to thrive in the digital economy. Founder, DQ Institute, a think tank focused on building a comprehensive digital ecosystem encouraging collaboration, health and security. Chair, infollutionZERO Ahn-Sei Foundation, focusing on advocating and educating for internet safety based on research. Founder, DQ World, an online education platform that enables children to self-learn DQ. Global Young Leader, World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. Eisenhower Fellow. Recipient of numerous honours, including two awards from UNESCO.
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.
BA, Duke; MA, Harvard; DPhil candidate in Art History, Oxford. Formerly: China Adviser to Art Basel; Lecturer, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Founding Editor, artforum.com.cn, the Chinese edition of the international art magazine Artforum. 2009, Founder and former Editorial Director, bilingual art magazine LEAP. Writer, curator, and since 2011, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; organizes an exhibition programme devoted to established figures and rising talents, both Chinese and international, aimed at an annual public of over one million visitors. Co-Curator, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2017.
Xavier Duportet is a genome architect. He cofounded Eligo Bioscience in 2014, while doing his PhD in Synthetic Biology at MIT and INRIA. He raised over €3M to develop a new generation of ultra-precise biotherapeutics to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria and sculpt our microbiome using genetic engineering. He is an MIT TR35, Forbes 30 Under 30 and was elected French Innovator of the year by the MIT Technology Review. He was recently awarded French PhD-Entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation Norbert Segard, as one of the 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Europe, and French Young Leader by the Leadership Circle. Xavier is also the founder and president of Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit organization, operating in 45 countries, which goal is to accelerate the development of deeptech startups that transform disruptive scientific technologies into products or services to solve societal and industrial challenges. He has already raised more than $6M for this cause. Every year, the organisation receives more than 5000 startup applications from the best research centers worldwide, gathers more than 1000 deeptech founders via more than 100 events with iconic leaders such as Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Deepmind, CTO at NASA, CEO at Unity Biotech, Emmanuel Macron and many others, and distributes more than $1M in prizes to the most promising early-stage science startups.
Thum Ping Tjin
Dr Pingtjin THUM is a Singaporean historian, and founder and Managing Director of New Naratif, a movement for democracy, freedom of expression, and freedom of information in Southeast Asia. As civil rights activists, he and his colleagues have been threatened, harassed, and condemned as traitors by Singapore’s government. Dr Thum earned his DPhil in History from Oxford in 2011 and is currently an Academic Visitor at Hertford College. He is a Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, his work centres on decolonisation in Southeast Asia, and its continuing impact on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent published work is “Independence: The Further Stage of Colonialism in Singapore” in Barr and Rahim (eds.), The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore’s Developmental State (Palgrave, 2019).
Founder and President of the Granito Group, an investment banking and consulting company for the sustainable economy. He holds over 15 years of experience in government and international organizations working with foreign affairs and economic cooperation. From 2011 to 2014 served as Head of the São Paulo State Government's Office of Foreign Affairs. His academic path includes the universities of Harvard (Senior Research Fellow), Columbia (Research Fellow on a postdoc grant), Gothenburg (Ph.D.) and California, Berkeley (Visiting Research Fellow). Author of 4 books, including "Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players" (Oxford University Press). He was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2017), and StartUp Portugal Ambassador (2018).
Pamela Chan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of the Alternative Solutions Group within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As CIO, she is responsible for managing the group's multi-alternative investment portfolios and chairs the Alternative Solutions Investment Committee. She is also a member of the BAI Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Board of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. Additionally, she is Co-Chair for the Harvard College Schools and Scholarship Committee of New York City. In 2012, she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serving as Curator for New York City in 2014.
Expert in sustainable infrastructure, technology, and renewable energy. Currently, Global Director of Business Operations, Liquid Telecom, a digital infrastructure company spanning 13 countries across Africa. Liquid has built Africa's largest independent fibre network, approaching 70,000 km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Nairobi. Formerly launched and led Apple's Clean Energy Program, aimed at transitioning Apple's product manufacturing worldwide to renewable energy; her team enabled 3GW of new clean energy contracted for Apple production in less than 2 years; led 10 joint-ventures in renewable energy across 6 provinces in China; also co-led Apple?s issuance of a $1.5 billion green bond ? the largest of any US company in history. Previously spent four years in India with Acumen, a leading impact investment fund; launched Acumen's Energy Portfolio in India, investing in off-grid energy companies; Member, Acumen's Advisory Council. Spent eight years living in Asia and Africa (India, China, Nepal, Uganda, Botswana). Other work experience includes McKinsey & Company, Generation Investments, Dalberg Global Advisors and the China Greentech Initiative. MBA and MSc in Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. Board Member of BioLite Energy. TED Fellow. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.