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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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Osman Haneef

Author, United Kingdom

Osman's first novel about a Pakistani lawyer who defends an innocent Christian boy accused of blasphemy is due to be published in early 2020.

Osman is also the Head of Special Projects-Business Development at BIMA, one of the world’s leading micro-insurance and telehealth organizations. BIMA has reached over 31 million subscribers and operates in 13 countries. Prior to this role, Osman Haneef was the CEO and Managing Director of MILVIK Mobile Pakistan, a subsidiary of MILVIK AB. Osman oversaw the development and launch of MILVIK’s products and operations in Pakistan, where he leads a team of 1200 employees that cater to 3 Million customers.

Osman graduated with an MBA and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.

Fan Ling

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

Scholar and entrepreneur to bridge machine intelligence and creativity. Founder of Tezign.com, a leading technology start-up with the mission to build digital infrastructure for creative resources. Founding Chair, Tongji University Design Artificial Intelligence Lab. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Aspen Institute China Fellow. Member, IEEE Global Council for Extended Intelligence. Recipient, National DDF Award (2018). Doctorate, Harvard University; Master's degree, Princeton University. Recently published From Universality of Computation to the Universality of Imagination, a book on how machine intelligence would influence human creativity.

Ian Walsh

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, United Kingdom

Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG, 1999-current. Global strategy consultancy. Global Head, Retail Banking segment (40+ countries). UK Head, Financial Institutions practice. Focus: multi-channel distribution, customer centricity, operational and financial performance. Global Leader, Customer Service topic, Operations practice. Focus: customer service, experience and retention across various industries. Co-led BCG's pro bono support of London Olympics 2012. Leads key social impact relationships: - Sutton Trust: charity that pilots programmes, advocates authorities to improve social mobility in education. Board Member; regular pro bono projects. - Education Endowment Foundation: £125m fund to improve education of disadvantaged UK students. Helped launch Foundation; Advisory Board member. People Development: Staffing partner 2013-15; Career Development Chair 2008-13; Recruiting Director 2004-08. Bachelor, Commerce; Masters, Finance; University College Dublin. President, Student Body & Debating Society. Member, University Governing Authority. Finalist (Top 4), World Debating Championships. Barrister-at-Law, King's Inns Dublin. Reading, sports, travelling, music; published two children's books. US wife Beth; two young daughters Emily and Madeleine

Yin Qi

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Face++, People's Republic of China

Yin Qi (who also goes by “Inch”), age 31, is the co-founder & CEO of MEGVII Technology Limited, a world-class AI company with core competencies in deep learning. Founded in Beijing in 2011 by Yin Qi, Tang Wenbin and Yang Mu, three Tsinghua University graduates who studied under the Turing-prize winning Chinese computer scientist and computational theorist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, MEGVII is a pioneer in applying AI technology and computer vision algorithms to Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. The Company’s mission is to “power humanity with AI.”

Together with his co-founders and MEGVII’s Chief Scientist, Yin personally oversees the development of MEGVII’s deep learning algorithms and its proprietary Brain++ deep learning framework. Yin has led the company to commercialize its technology in three industry verticals: personal IoT, city IoT, and supply chain IoT.

Yin Qi graduated from Tsinghua University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and even while an undergraduate, he was already working on advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision at Microsoft Research Asia. In 2011, Yin went to Columbia University to pursue a doctorate in computer science, with a research focus on smart sensors, but sensing the enormous opportunity back home, he returned that same year to China to start MEGVII. While building the company, Yin also managed in 2015 to join the first class to study business strategy and enterprise management at Hupan University, founded by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and committed to help Chinese most potential entrepreneurs grow, bound, and thrive in the global economy.

Yin Qi has been a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum since March 2019. He joined the Professional Committee for AI Ethics under the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence in February 2019. Yin was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list of Chinese elites for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In January 2016, he was ranked No. 1 on Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” Enterprise Technology entrepreneurs. In June 2018, MIT Technology Review’s included him in their global “Innovators under 35” list. MEGVII ranked No. 11 among MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies 2017.

Rafat Al-Akhali

Fellow of Practice, Strategic Projects, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Rafat Ali Al-Akhali is a Fellow of Practice – Strategic Projects at the Blavatnik School of Government. From 2017 to 2018, Rafat has managed the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. From 2018-2019, he led the secretariat of Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.

Rafat has previously served as Minister of Youth and Sports in the Government of Yemen, and prior to that was leading the Policy Reforms team at the Executive Bureau for Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms. In that position, Rafat led the planning and implementation of key reforms in Yemen including fuel subsidies, power sector, and civil service reforms. He also led business environment reforms and government efforts in private sector development.

Prior to joining the Yemeni government, Rafat worked as a Senior Consultant and Analyst for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in Canada. He has also worked in the field of development with a number of international development agencies in Yemen, and was a member of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva where he participated in the accession process of several countries including Yemen.

Rafat earned his second Master degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK. His first Master degree was in Business Administration (MBA) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada.

In addition to his professional career, Rafat has been active in the field of youth development and youth political inclusion since 2004. He is the Co- Founder and Chairman of Resonate! Yemen, a leading non-profit foundation that specializes in the field of engaging youth in public policy in Yemen. He sits on the board of advisors of Rowad Entrepreneurship Foundation in Yemen, and is a trustee of Silatech Qatar, the leading foundation working on tackling youth unemployment in the Arab world. Al-Akhali was selected as a Young Global Leaders in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. He was previously a non-resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the “GCC in Transition” project at Chatham House.

Bai Yunfeng

Chairman of the Board, China Power Conservation & Environment Protection Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

Board Chairman of China Power Conservation & Environment Protection Group Co., Ltd.
Thermalphysics Doctoral Degree of Zhejiang University
Founder of Pangoal Institute
Environmental protection and renewable resources

Yasukane Matsumoto

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Raksul Co., Ltd, Japan

Yasukane started his career as a consultant in A.T. Kearny. While working on cost-cutting projects there, he realized the inefficiencies existed in the Japanese printing industry. In 2009, he founded Raksul Inc. with the vision to bring innovation to the printing industry.
In 2013, Yasukane launched raksul.com, e-commerce platform specializing in printing by utilizing existing printing factories' excess capacity. In December 2015, he launched 'hacobell', a sharing economy platform for trucking services.
In 2018, Raksul Inc. was ranked first in "Startup of the Year" by Forbes Japan and is now listed on the Tokyo Stocks Exchange.

Andrea Armani

Professor, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC), USA

BA in Physics, University of Chicago; PhD in Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology. Currently, Irani Chair of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California. Director of O'Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory. Research is focused on advanced functional materials for integrated photonics for telecommunications and cancer diagnostics/prognostics. Fellow: OSA. PECASE, NIH New Innovator, ONR Young Investigator Awardee. Northrop Grumman Faculty Fellow.

Ruzwana Bashir

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peek.com, USA

Ruzwana is Founder & CEO of Peek, disrupting the $150bn global activities industry. The Peek.com marketplace helps consumers book the best activities (from art tours to ziplining), while the PeekPro.com back-end tools help tour operators to power online booking and grow their businesses. Peek has raised $40 million in funding and provides over 10,000 things to do in destinations across the US and Mexico.

Ruzwana was selected as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and recognized as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Ruzwana started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at the Blackstone Group. Ruzwana has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA from Oxford University where she was President of the Oxford Union.