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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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Naomi Koshi

Mayor of Otsu City, Otsu City, Japan

Upon election to the position of Mayor of the City of Otsu, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, became the youngest woman ever to be elected mayor of a Japanese City. Since taking office, has focused on issues related to gender equality and childcare. LLB and LLM, Hokkaido University; LLM, Harvard Law School. Visiting Fellow, Columbia Business School. Practised law at Nishiura & Asahi, Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton, NYC.

Deeyah Khan

Film Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fuuse, United Kingdom

Deeyah Khan, is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director, whose work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Her skill as a multidisciplinary artist led her to use film and music as the language for her social activism. Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry. The experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, dominates her artistic vision.

Deeyah is also the recipient of several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression and in 2012 she was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN. The focus of her work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations.

Deeyah is the founder and CEO of social purpose production company Fuuse which creates works in the intersection of art and activism.

Luca Neghesti

Chief Executive Officer, Tristar Holdings, Tanzania

Executive Director Neghesti-Sumari Foundation. Interests in technology, education, nutrition and sustainable development.

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dharma Life, India

Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Dharma Life. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder. Gaurav spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media, and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Prior to General Atlantic, he has worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW. Gaurav graduated with a BA Hons degree in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Irina Anghel-Enescu

Managing Director, South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Romania

Managing Director, South Eastern European Private Equity and VC Association. On the Representative Committee, European Venture Capital Association (InvestEurope). Appointed Member, Romanian Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Founder and Chairperson, Triple Helix, an NGO dedicated to catalyzing a shift to a more entrepreneurial mentality in the former communist countries in Eastern Europe. Spent a year at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on the role of smart money for kick-starting and/or strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Eisenhower Fellow (2008). Mason Fellow, Harvard (2010). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2014).

Jesse Moore

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, M-KOPA Solar, Kenya

Jesse Moore is CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, the world's leading provider of "pay-as-you-go" energy services for off-grid customers.

M-KOPA Solar saves off-grid customers money by replacing kerosene with affordable renewable energy. In under 5 years, M-KOPA has connected a half a million African homes to solar power and is adding over 500 more homes daily. Based on this growth M-KOPA was awarded the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize and was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies Changing the World.

Jesse moved to Kenya in 2010 to start M-KOPA and has overseen the company’s growth to over 2500 employees and sales agents. Prior to M-KOPA, he was the Director at the GSM Association in London, where he worked with mobile network operators in Africa and Asia to adopt new business models that drive business growth and benefit low-income consumers, such as mobile money. Early in his career Jesse worked with the international development charity CARE and as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jesse holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar). He was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Young Global Leaders in 2017.

Anthony Smare

Chairman, Nambawan Super Limited, Papua New Guinea

Lawyer, geologist, entrepreneur, investor and social entrepreneur. Chairman, Papua New Guinea superannuation investment fund Nambawan Super ($3 billion in investments), developing entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pacific islands as founder of Kumul Foundation in partnership with UNDP and Australian Aid, and bringing solar power to 7 million people off grid in the Pacific islands with pay go solar as founder of Empawa Solar. Directorships and interests in climate change, responsible extractives, financial inclusion, telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical industries.

Ekaterina Bereziy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ExoAtlet, Russian Federation

Ekaterina Bereziy is the Founder and CEO of ExoAtlet. Graduated from Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics,
Lomonosov Moscow State University, has practical experience in robotics
MBA Degree.
Graduated from Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Mi Wenjuan

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VIPKID, People's Republic of China

MBA, CKGSB. Close to 20 years of experience in the field of children’s English education, and is the first entrepreneur to receive global investment in education from NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. 2013, founded VIPKID, which currently is an industry leader and innovator in real-time online English language education for children, serving a community of over 500,000 paying students and over 60,000 teachers in the US and Canada; currently, Chief Executive Officer; launched the Lingo Bus of real-time online Chinese immersion learning classes. Together with charitable organizations such as Jack Ma Foundation and Tencent Foundation, dedicated to helping children in poverty-stricken areas so that they can have more access to language learning and the splendid cultures around the world. Director, Beijing Foreign Studies University. Member of the Advisory Council, Lead Foundation.