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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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Navrina Singh

Co-Founder, Credo AI, USA

Navrina is the Co-Founder of Credo AI, an AI Fund company focused on auditing and governing Machine Learning. She is the former Director of Product Development for Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft. Throughout her career she has focused on many aspects of business including start up ecosystems, diversity and inclusion, development of frontier technologies and products. She holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison & a MBA from University of Southern California.

Yancey Strickler

Cofounder, Kickstarter Inc., USA

Yancey Strickler is a writer, speaker, and cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications. He's currently writing a book.

Yulia Shakhnovskaya

Director, The Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, Russian Federation

Ms. Shakhnovskaya was born in 1979 and graduated from Faculty of Law, Moscow State University in 2001. She has worked in Russian and international law firms, then held numerous leadership positions at RAO UES, the former electric power monopoly of Russia. At the time, the company underwent a period of extraordinary reorganization as the liberalisation of utility market was happening in Russia. In 2008-2009 as Director of the Iris Art Support and Development Foundation she managed the creation and construction of the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture and organization of large-scale projects, including exhibitions of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and François Pinault Foundation collection. The Garage Center has become the leading modern art exhibition centre in Russia. Since 2009 she held leading positions at the Polytechnic Museum, national science and technology museum first as the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation leading an unprecedented $500m fundraising campaign for the Museum's new building and the renovation of its historical building. Since 2013, she is the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum itself leading its transformation from an old-style Soviet institution to a modern science museum.

Susana Sierra

Partner and Executive Director, BH Compliance, Chile

As an internationally recognized leader, Susana Sierra has fought for corporate integrity in Chile and co-authored a book, Corrupción a la carta, that deals with corruption more broadly. She also founded Fundación Independízate to provide support to entrepreneurs.

Sucharita Mukherjee

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kaleidofin, India

Sucharita Mukherjee is an inclusive fintech leader whose work aims to ensure that financial tools can help underbanked customers working in the informal sector achieve their real life goals. She is the co-founder and CEO of Kaleidofin, a fintech platform personalising financial solutions for under-served customers. Mukherjee co-founded the IFMR group and was most recently group chief executive officer of IFMR Holdings. She also founded IFMR Capital and IFMR Investments and is passionate about building capital markets access for financial inclusion and informal sector finance. Previously, she was at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in London working in the areas of credit derivatives and structured finance

Gregorio Werthein

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Replay Acquisition Corp, Argentina

Gregorio Werthein is Co-Chief Executive Officer Replay Acquisition Corp, currently serves as a board member and an executive committee member of Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE: TGS). Previously, he served as an Executive Managing Director of Werthein Group (2012 to 2019), and also as a board member of GNNW S.A., Experta ART and Cachay S.A. Mr. Gregorio Werthein received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires in 2008, an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2011 and participated in the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School in 2017. In addition, as a former Olympic athlete, he is president of the Argentine Equestrian Federation and is an adviser to the Argentine Olympic Committee.

Zhu Xiaoxuan

Deputy Director, China Science and Technology Exchange Center, Ministry of Science and Technology, People's Republic of China

Dr. Zhu Xiaoxuan is the Deputy Director of China Science and Technology Exchange Center at the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Zhu is an expert in national policy development and has been leading national level research policy development in the science and technology fields.

Wang Wen

Food Scientist, Nestlé R&D Centre Singapore, Singapore

Bioengineer, entrepreneur and designer. Research focuses on biointerface, involving interdisciplinary studies that combine the knowledge of biotechnology, advanced materials, and design. Vision is to fill the gap between research and real-world applications by enabling easy to access technology and more affordable products. Has been working on numerous research and commercial projects, for instance, producing therapeutic proteins and small molecule drugs with novel processes, making sustainable biofuel from waste, removing sulphur from diesel, and fabricating innovative healthcare/household products using biological living materials. Recent research focuses on innovative materials to enhance well-being, such as functional and shape-shifting food. Work has been recognized by the media (Washington Post, CNN, Discovery), academia (Science Advances, JACS, ACM-CHI), and the public (through exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica).

Ayesha Vera-Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), USA

CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) which co-invests with rural communities in the developing world on securing food, health, kids' schooling and their self sustaining future. ARK's Feed Back, a fresh vegetable basket exchange, secures food for farming communities plagued with hunger seasons in just 5 weeks and gets fishing communities to create gardens that secure their food and income. ARK's award winning 5-cent School Lunch is the only school lunch in the world that parents contribute to day one and fully fund after 3 years. Prior to ARK, Ayesha was Director at BNP Paribas where for 11 years she was involved in leverage finance, acquisition finance and loan syndications. She also restructured a farm in the Philippines making it the first one in the province to be organic, and to offer fair employment, revenue share, healthcare and continuing education to farmers/employees. Expertise - management, industry and business credit analysis, restructuring, natural farming, sustainable systems, social ventures.