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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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John Green

Novelist and YouTuber, vlogbrothers, USA

Author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger and creator of online educational videos. Well known for YouTube ventures; 2007, launched the VlogBrothers channel with his brother, Hank Green; since then, has launched events such as Project for Awesome and VidCon and created a total of 11 online series, including Crash Course, an educational channel teaching literature, history, science, economics and US government and politics courses. Recipient, 2006 Printz Award for debut novel, Looking for Alaska. Author of Looking for Alaska; The Fault in Our Stars (2012); Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines; and Will Grayson (with David Levithan). Named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2014).

Lin Yang

President, Innovation Ideas Institute, USA

Young Global Leader and New Champion, World Economic Forum. Career across policy, business and media between the US and China. Currently, Founder and President, Innovation Ideas Institute, a think tank fostering innovation thought leadership; TV News Anchor, China Central Television (CCTV); Forbes Columnist; US and China cross border policy/business executive; Senior Adviser, SANY Group and venture fund. Participated in the editorial work of the "White Paper on Chinese Enterprises in US". Founded the first China public policy innovation case programme, Harvard University.

Jamila Abass

Head of Growth, Wefarm, United Kingdom

Jamila Abass is one of the champions of AgTech revolution in Africa.She is the founder of M-Farm,an app that connects farmers and buyers and makes the supply chain more efficient.This ingenious innovation won different awards including the praise of the US president Barack Obama during his visit to Kenya in June, 2015. Jamila is an internationally recognized techpreneur. She received many accolades including 2015 New African Woman women of the year,Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch and 20 Young Power Women in Africa,Quartz’s 30 African Innovators as well as 2015 100 most influential Africans. She is also an Aspen New Voices, Poptech, Unreasonable and an Ashoka fellow.She has been a keynote speaker and influencer at AgTech and ICT for development events.

Sarah Nicholls

Senior Director and Head, Global Sustainability, Jones Lang LaSalle Limited, Netherlands

Sarah Nicholls is Senior Director and Head of Global Sustainability at JLL, a professional services firm specializing in real estate with over 90,000 employees. She is currently spearheading the roll-out of JLL’s sustainability strategy, Building a Better Tomorrow (BaBT) across Europe. BaBT seeks to embed sustainable thinking across all of JLL activities.

In her prior role leading the Global Sustainability Team, she was instrumental in developing and launching BaBT worldwide. Sarah set JLL’s first-ever energy and carbon reduction targets. She also served as a founding member and first chair of the Global Sustainability Board.

Sarah has a master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yvonne Li

Board Member, Shanghai Dukang Healthcare Management, People's Republic of China

Adjunct Professor, Peking University Global Health Research Institute. Executive Director, China Dukang Healthcare. Chairperson and Founder, International China Ageing Industry Association. Developing innovative projects and strategies for China's burgeoning healthcare and long-term care industries, working with a range of partners from governments, development financial institutions, academic institutions, healthcare firms and the social sector. Pioneering high-quality healthcare services with the use of data-driven insights, healthcare management solutions, medical IOT technologies and other technologies. Also advises various bureaus from China and Hong Kong on social innovation, impact investing, aging and healthcare. Has pioneered impact investing in the Asia-Pacific region and has worked with financial institutions in investment banking, commercial banking, and hedge fund trading. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of a practitioner's handbook in Chinese on Managing and operating elderly facilities; author of a blog on self-mastery, consciousness and oneness (www.cosmic-dance.net); also sharing knowledge and communicating through wellness programmes, self-mastery workshops and speaking engagements.

Christine Ho

CEO, Imprint Energy, USA

A scientist pioneering the field of printed battery technology, Christine Ho invested safe, ultra-thin rechargeable flexible batteries that will revolutionize flexible electronics. The end result is in commercializing the technology to allow for unprecedented design freedom for manufacturers and bringing a new paradigm of cost-effective production.

Elaine Kim

Co-Founder, Trehaus, Singapore

Elaine is a medical doctor with deep compassion and extensive experience in palliative care. She is an energetic and ambitious entrepreneur, co-founding and holding directorships in successful business entities and social enterprises. She is the co-founder and CEO of the social enterprise CRIB, which empowers women to become successful entrepreneurs. She is deeply involved in the non-profit sector through volunteering time and skills, leading and executing successful awareness-building campaigns, and raising over $1 million for multiple philanthropic causes, as well as implementing positive social change through CRIB's charitable arm CRIB Gives Back. Elaine is a dynamic and results-oriented professional with a strong entrepreneurial drive and broad-based experience. She is a visionary leader and creative thinker with notable achievements in business development and strategy.

Anushka Ratnayake

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, myAgro, Mali

Anushka is the Founder and CEO of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since mid-2008, helping to increase food security and market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka and myAgro have received awards from Mulago Foundation, Echoing Green, Pop!Tech, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Orange Social Entrepreneur in Africa and Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation.

Andrew Bastawrous

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peek Vision Foundation, United Kingdom

Andrew Bastawrous is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon) and Clinical Lecturer who has worked and undertaken research in multiple low-income countries and has recently returned from living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek, the Portable Eye Examination Kit, a new smartphone based tool to detect eye diseases in the worlds most challenging areas.

Andrew is the recipient of research grants totaling close to 2 million GBP, has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles focusing on international eye health and mobile technology in healthcare and has co-authored four book chapters.

In 2014 Andrew was awarded the €100,000 Mazda Rebels with a Cause Prize (in partnership with TED) and the Gifted Citizen 2014 Award worth $100,000 presented at the Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico. Andrew was recently voted one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health, was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and is on the scientific steering committee for TED.