Who we are
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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
Discover how science and technology are being brought together to help those affected by paralysis walk.
Greenland Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Greenland to observe first-hand the effects of climate change.
Explore the annual awards programme that celebrates, showcases and promotes circular economy innovation.
Discover a community of strategic philanthropists who use their resources to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide.
Kakuma Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Kakuma in Kenya to help refugees gain access to the global economy.
Meet our members
Skilled in entrepreneurship, developing leadership networks and distinguishing key economic signals from the political noise.
Rebeca is Founder & CEO of Clarity, which tries to solve the problem of inefficient and unequal allocation of capital by developing a universal framework and building an automated tool to rate companies and organizations. Previously, she was leading the Global Digital Transformation Program at Santander Bank (one of the largest banks in the World). Rebeca was Founder & CEO of Blink Booking, the award winning last minute hotel booking mobile app leader in Europe, with more than 800,000 downloads, almost 3,000 hotels. Blink was acquired by Groupon less than 1 and a half years after launching. After the acquisition, Rebeca worked at Groupon as General Manager and Senior Director of Product and Operation, leading one of the top priorities of the company.
She is advisor at several startups with focus on social impact.
Prior to Blink, Rebeca worked at Bain Capital Private Equity, Boston Consult ing Group and as engineer at the German Aerospace Agency, Siemens and IBM. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MSc in Telecommunication Engineering for Polytechnic University in Madrid and Stuttgart University (all of them with Distinction).
Dee Chu Ying Poon
Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide.
Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong), a member of the Asia Advisory Board at Christie’s, on the International Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center (Cambridge, MA), a Member on the Family Advisory Council of The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd Business School, as well as on the Global Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (Hong Kong & London). She is on the Board of Directors for the Esquel - Y.L. Yang Education Foundation. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.
Actively engaged in the arts, Dee sits on the International Council of the Tate (London), and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation (Beijing & New York), and has served on the Board of Directors of Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong). Dee has also been on the Performance Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council (New York), and was a co-founder of the Ambassadors of Design (Hong Kong). Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as part of 42x42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.
Before joining Esquel, Dee was an Editor-at-Large for iLook Magazine and a featured columnist for Modern Weekly, where she wrote about sustainability. Her 2008 pop-up retail venture DYSEMEVAS was one of the first to highlight the emerging Chinese design scene outside of China.
Dee graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a BA in philosophy
Studied economics, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina; studied business, University of Southern California. Founder and CEO, RecargaPay, the leading mobile payments/wallet company in Brazil with more than 1 million monthly customers. Former Founder: Fnbox, a company builder that created Tarjetastelefonicas.com; Cuponica (sold to clickon); Sonico.com, which became the largest regional social network in Latin America with over 55 million users; sold to Match/IAC in 2014. . Active in several NGOs. Founding President, EO Argentina. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Part of the Group of 2.0 Leaders, 2009 and 2010, World Economic Forum in Davos. Named Top Innovator Under 35, MIT Technology Review. Winner, Business Junior Achievement Contest, G50.
Long-term banker and private equity executive with stints at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Citibank. Worked on several high-profile transactions. Took part in the reform of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority as the Assistant to the Chairman and head of corporate finance; led major restructuring efforts including the introduction of the region's first takeover code. Former Founding President, Egyptian Young Bankers Association. Helping young bankers network and improve their skill set. Since 2011, has dedicated more time promoting and supporting entrepreneurship especially in less privileged Egyptian cities outside Cairo and with female entrepreneurs by mentoring and participating in business plan competitions and lecturing on various related topics. Has also participated in various efforts linking women together as a basis for narrowing the cultural divide between Eastern and Western cultures. Was among six women taking part in the Australian Arab Women dialogue in Australia in 2013, in addition to other projects.
Nguyen Hoang Long
Nguyen Hoang Long is a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. Since June 2012, he has been his country’s ambassador to Italy and non-resident ambassador to Malta, Cyprus and San Marino as well as Vietnam’s permanent representative to FAO, IFAD and WFP; at the age of 36, he is Vietnam’s youngest serving ambassador. Prior to his appointment, Nguyen served as Deputy Director-General of Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1999 and 2008, he served in Vietnam’s Embassy in Rome. He also worked as an officer at the Vietnam National Committee for APEC and was actively involved in the ASEM Summit (2004), APEC Summit (2006) and ASEAN Summit (2010) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Nguyen graduated from the Milan Bocconi University, with a degree in economics of public administration and international organizations. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Founder and CEO of Catchafire.org, the largest online skills-based volunteer platform. Catchafire works with the largest grant-making foundations to strengthen thousands of nonprofits and changemakers; and we enable professionals to give their skills to the causes they are passionate about. BA, Barnard College, Columbia University; MPP, Duke University. Previously worked at UBS Investment Bank and helped to start up BRAC USA, the US affiliate of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based international development organization.
Ms. Daubenspeck is a Managing Director and senior leader global business at a young age. Her professional network and achievements span industries from high tech, retail to healthcare. She has worked in complex environments that are influenced heavily by unions and local governments in health care and for state governments themselves – always looking for ‘win-win’ solutions for organisations and society. She has delivered programs globally in Philippines, China, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Brazil tackling global challenges. Having lead global teams, she has a unique appreciation for talent and opportunities that companies and communities face. With clients in the social media and high-tech space she has delivered mobile and cloud enabled solutions that center on the user experience and harnessing the digital revolution for customers and citizens. She has been a hugely influential sponsor of programs focused on expanding access to education, gender and job readiness. W ith a leadership role in Genesys Works, Towards Employment, and sponsor of Girl Rising Events, she leads in the communities in which she works. Through her career she has supported global organizations such as VSO, and an orphanage in Chennai India.
Albert Rivera Díaz
Albert Rivera Díaz is a Spanish attorney and politician, holding the role of President of the political party Ciudadanos, the fourth most voted Spanish political party, currently supporting the national Spanish Government. Rivera served as a Member of the Parliament of Catalonia from 2006-2015. He has committed himself to anti-graft measures, reforming political inertia and upholding Spain's diversity, in addition to the fight against corruption. His firm defense of an alternative to the radical nationalism that has controlled regional government and fractured his native Catalonia over the last few decades, the search for the renewal of the obsolete and largely corrupt party system, and, overall, the will to build a future-looking, modern, strong, united Spain, fully integrated in a globalized world, are the main blueprints of his political beliefs.