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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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Lisa Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosphere+, United Kingdom

Lisa Walker recently left BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change to become CEO of start-up Ecosphere+. Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years, closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy formation, sector coalition building and low-carbon business development. She was a driving force behind the UK Emissions Trading Group, the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (which she Co-Chaired), the Sustainable Gas Institute and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Lisa helped BG Group secure multiple industry awards for sustainability. Before BG Group Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of the BP Carbon Ventures corporate-VC fund. Lisa successfully secured capital for many innovative investments in sustainable land-use and forestry, low-carbon technologies and b io-energy, including first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Lisa is a mother of four and originally from New Zealand.

Guillaume Lefevre

Managing Director, New Ventures and Business Development, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland

Guillaume Lefevre is playing a leadership role in transforming one of the world's largest insurance company to align itself with the empowered customer, lead the change in the insurance industry, and increase its societal impact.

Liu Qian

Managing Director, Greater China, Economist Group, People's Republic of China

Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on China. Steering Committee member for World Economic Forum's Value in Media. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University.

Brie Loskota

Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California, USA

Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California; research explores how religions change and make change in the world. Leading voice working to enhance religious pluralism and community resilience. Advises foundations and government agencies on effective strategies for effective partnership and engagement. Co-Founder and Senior Adviser, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute; Implementing Partner, United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change programme, training emerging leaders committed to peace-building from the Middle East, Africa and South America. Member, Pacific Council on International Policy. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Truman National Security Fellow. German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellow. Homegrown Violent Extremism Study Group Associate, USC. Member of the board of several non-profit organizations and government bodies working at the intersections of religion and public life.

Wafa Makhlouf

Member of Parliament, Assembly of the Representatives of the People, Tunisia

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proclean, an environmental company focused on household refuse collection and mechanized beach cleaning. With a loan from the Tunisian Solidarity Bank and assistance from father, managed to hire five employees and start the company in 2003. Now employs about 50 staff, but the number can double depending on the needs of the project. 2005, joined the Young CEO Center (CJD), Tunisia as Treasurer; 2011, became President. During CJD presidency, has initiated the first Tunisian women entrepreneur incubator, helping to boost women's potential in opportunity-deprived parts of the country. With CJD, has also started the Wajjahni programme which highlights young entrepreneurial success stories to inspire youth to take risks and invest in their passions. Chairwoman, non-profit Enactus Tunisia. Active in encouraging other budding entrepreneurs. 2013, became Director, CEED Tunisia, an organization launched to help train entrepreneurs and give them access to funding and new markets. 2014, elected as Parliamentarian, Tunisian Assembly.

Noor Sweid

General Partner, Global Ventures, United Arab Emirates

Noor Sweid is a visionary and tenacious leader. Recently named one of the World's Top 50 Women in Tech, she drives venture capital in the region. She once served as Chief Investment Officer in the Dubai Future Foundation and made history as the first woman to lead an IPO in the Middle East.

Khadija Idrissi Janati

President, I-AFRIKA, Morocco

Khadija is a Moroccan Entrepreneur, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Expert.

Khadija is the co-founder and President of I-AFRIKA, a non-profit organization, a network of African entrepreneurs operating in different sectors, with a common objective of positively impact Africa. In 2016, she has launched Africa Trade and Investment Summit – Ifrane Forum, a yearly event happening in Ifrane, Morocco, gathering economic and political operators from all over Africa, to reflects on the future of Africa and create opportunities for the development of intra-Africa trade and South-South economic cooperation.

Since 2009, Khadija has created several companies in media and communications sector. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Tea And Koffee, a PR firm operating on both Moroccan and African levels. She has created and managed few media outlets, a weekly sports newspaper Al Mawiid Arriadi and a daily generalist electronic newsletter Le20heures.

Khadija is very active in promoting women entrepreneurship and Economic autonomation. She is a board member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco and a founding member of the Moroccan Network for Mentoring and Networking.

Khadija is involved in number of national and international organizations working for women economic empowerment. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Moroccan Association for Women Entrepreneurs (AFEM), member of Vital Voices Global Global Leadership Network and alumna of the Women of the Mediterranean (WOMED) Program by the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She has also run for Moroccan local elections in 2015.

In September 2014, Khadija was received by President Barack Obama in recognition of her outstanding contribution to civil society work in Morocco and the region.

Khadija speaks often in the local media about women empowerment, entrepreneurship and social development.

Khadija is 37, she is married and mother of two girls, and passionate about photography and running.

Nina Jensen

Chief Executive Officer, REV Ocean, Norway

Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean, the world’s largest Research and Expedition Vessel (REV) currently under construction which will be available for scientists, NGOs, policy makers, innovators, engineers and marine stakeholders. Equipment onboard will include scientific trawls, laboratories, a lecture auditorium, moonpool, sub-marine, advanced communication equipment and a high-tech incinerator system for plastic waste.
All REV Ocean initiatives are based on open collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, working toward the same common goal – preserving our ocean.
She started this position in 2018 after 15 years in WWF-Norway, CEO since 2012. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for oceans, conservation and sustainable solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø, and has a background in communications and marketing from Ogilvy& Mather. She is a Board member of The Business for Peace Foundation. Member of the Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Award. Member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award and the Prize Committee for the Rachel Carson Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.

Lamya AlHaj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, Oman

Lamya Al Haj holds a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biology from UCL and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from UNSW. She is a researcher on biodiesel alternatives to oil, and an Assistant Professor at the Sultan Qaboos University. Lamya founded a speakers platform in GCC region “Jalasat Mulhimoon” to showcase role models and inspire younger generations. She has spoken at conferences and corporate events including Harvard and IMD Middle East Alumni conferences on leadership. She was recently selected as a judge for an MIT based competition “Innovators under 35” organized by MIT Technology Review. She is the founder of “Coach4Change” where she worked alongside and supported senior government officials, CEOs, business leaders and boards around the country. She received numerous awards & recognitions including the “Boban Marcovic Prize in Environmental Science”, The “Gulf Intelligence - Occidental Award”, “National Research Award”, “Omani Woman Award 2019” for her innovation, and the prestigious “L’Oréal UNESCO award for women in science- Middle east fellowship award”- 2018. She is also a Fellow at The World Academy of Science (TWAS 2019-2023 affiliate).