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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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Nino Zambakhidze

Chairwoman, Georgian Farmers' Association, Georgia

Nino is the founder of L.T.D. “Georgian Business Zone” (Milk Processing Farm and Animal Food Production Farm) in the village Tsnisi, Akahltsikhe Region. In 2010 she founded “Regional Development Association” and since then have been leading execution of various rural development projects. She became a prize winner for “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” at the first annual Business-Award “Mercury 2011” and was also the first woman leader becoming an honorary coordinator of the organization “Invest for the Future” the organization functioning under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. While actively being an entrepreneur, in 2012 she founded “Georgian Farmers’ Association” where she serves as a chairwoman and an active advocate of the farmers’ rights and the key driving force for the success of the organization. She is a member of almost all key governmental or non-governmental boards and committees active in agriculture. She holds an MBA in Global Management (GGSB) & International Executive MBA (CSB) at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France)

Nicolas Hazard

Founder, INCO, France

Master's degrees in Business, Economics and Politics, Paris I/Sorbonne, FU Berlin, HEC, Sciences-Po. Serial entrepreneur in social business. Founder of INCO, an organization supporting social enterprises throughout the world. President, CALSO, a non-profit organization based in California.
President of the Strategic Committee of the City of Paris.
Author: Capitalism for all, 20 enterprises that change the world, an essay; L'entreprise du XXIème siècle sera sociale ou ne sera pas; La ruée des licornes.
Writes a monthly column in Le Monde on social enterprises. Regularly contributes to The Guardian and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Interests: cycling, skiing and tennis.

Jessica Long

Managing Director, Strategy, Sustainability and Responsible Business, Accenture, USA

Formerly with: Accenture Development Partnerships (Africa, Americas, Asia); Accenture Government & Digital Strategy; Office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone (D - Minnesota). Currently: Managing Director, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability; Member, Global Leadership Team, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability, which helps organizations leverage their assets and capabilities to drive innovation and profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact; leads sustainability strategy across North America; leads Responsible Business globally. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, co-leading the private sector taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Francesca Carlesi

Chief Executive Officer, Molofinance, United Kingdom

Senior executive with more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector across various domains (strategy,/business development, finance, M&A, banking regulation, change management and transformation) and sectors (private equity, retail and commercial banking, investment banking, asset and wealth management).
Started her career in McKinsey and private equity with focus on M&A, private investments and deal execution; subsequently moved into the banking industry covering a variety of senior roles in some of the largest european Banks.
She is currently CEO of Molofinance, a Fintech company based in London
Francesca holds a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Rome, an MBA (Hons) from Columbia University, specializing in finance and Laurea summa cum laude from the University of Rome.

She is married, has two children and lives in London with her family.

Juliana Chan

Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Singapore

Dr. Juliana Chan is the Founder & CEO of Wildtype Media Group, Asia’s leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events.

Juliana received a BA/MA degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, where she also carried out her post-doctoral research.

Awards include the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship, the 2013 Singapore Youth Award, the 2014 MIT Technology Review's 10 Innovators Under 35 (Asia) and the 2017 ACS Nano Junior Fellowship.

Juliana’s research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by The BBC, MIT Technology Review and South China Morning Post, and she is an inventor on four US patents, three of which have been licensed for commercialization.

Juliana is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee (2015-present).

Romana Abdullah

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Highpoint Ventures (Pvt.) Limited, Pakistan

Romana Abdullah is CEO of Highpoint Ventures (Pvt) Ltd and leads Hopscotch, a kidswear brand she co-founded in 2014. Today, Hopscotch has 25+ stores in 13 cities in Pakistan and an e-commerce website, www.ilovehopscotch.com.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Romana was part of the management team of MCB Bank, one of Pakistan’s largest banks, leading their strategic planning, transformation and new initiative functions. Earlier, Romana worked at The Boston Consulting Group (Management Consulting) and Merrill Lynch (Investment Banking) in New York, where she focused on strategic, financial and operational assignments for Fortune 500 financial services and consumer clients.

Romana was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016. She is a member of the Board and Chair of the Investment cCommittee of Karandaaz, a DFID and Gates Foundation funded company that promotes access to capital for small businesses and digital financial inclusion in Pakistan, with a special focus on women and youth. She is also on the Board of Systems Limited, a publicly listed company and a global leader in next-generation IT services and BPO solutions. Romana sits on the boards of PlanX techonology incubator and Baby Planet, a kid products e-tailer. She mentors young start-ups/incubators/accelerators in her free time.

Romana has a BSc in Financial Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Fabrice Franzen

Partner, Bain & Company Inc., South Africa

MBA, Solvay Business School, Brussels. More than 15 years of consulting experience in France, Italy, Australia and Africa, in financial services. Large experience in most FS sub-verticals: retail & commercial banking, wealth management, payments, CIB, P&C and life insurance (M&A and post-merger integration, customer insight and segmentation, and organization design). Formerly: with Oliver Wyman. Member, Global Financial Services practice, Bain & Company.

Zoe Butt

Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Viet Nam

Zoe Butt is a curator and writer based in Vietnam. Her curatorial practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among countries of the global south. She is currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Vietnam’s first purpose-built space for contemporary art. She formerly served as: Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, an independent contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City (2009-2016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing, China (2007-2009) and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2001-2007). Zoe has been published by Hatje Cantz, Germany; Art Review, London/Hong Kong; Art Asia Pacific, Hong Kong; Independent Curators International, New York; Lalit Kala Akademi, India; Artlink, Australia; Printed Projects, Ireland, JRP-Ringier, Zurich; Routledge, London; Sternberg Press, Berlin, amongst others. She is also a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2015. In 2019, Zoe presents ‘Journey Beyond The Arrow’, one of three exhibitions, as part of the 14th Sharjah Biennial.

Her curatorial projects include interdisciplinary dialogue platforms such as Conscious Realities (2013-2016); the online exhibition Embedded South(s) (2016); and group exhibitions of Vietnamese and international artists at various venues such as the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and Sàn Art, Vietnam; Carre d'art-Musee d'art Contemporain de Nimes, France; Kadist Art Foundation, USA; Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia, amongst others.

Samuel Alemayehu

Managing Director, Cambridge Industries Ltd, Ethiopia

Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu is Head of Africa & Managing Director at the Addis Ababa Office of Contingent Technologies Inc. and Cambridge Industries Ltd.

Mr. Samuel Alemayehu 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. He then helped co-found Cambridge Industries Ltd, to develop and construct waste-to-energy and biomass plants in Africa. Currently, he is overseeing the construction of a 1,400 tonnes per day (tpd) waste-to-energy facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the development of waste-to-energy biomass plants in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, and Djibouti. 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 Ethiopia.

He is an expert on technology investments and development of renewable energy projects in Africa with emphasize in waste-to-energy, biomass, and wind. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.