Who we are

The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.

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Meet our members

Byju Raveendran

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BYJU'S, India

Byju Raveendran is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BYJU'S, an EdTech created from his passion to create self-imitated and lifelong learners. A teacher by choice and an entrepreneur by chance, he launched BYJU'S Learning App in India in 2015 and has helped 42 million students learn better.

Rima Assi

Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi; Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company LME Limited, United Arab Emirates

Rima Assi is a Senior Partner with the Middle East Office of McKinsey & Company and Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Abu Dhabi office. Rima advises leading governments in the Middle East on public finance to drive large-scale social and economic transformation, and is a major champion for women’s empowerment across the region. Rima is a key speaker on the power of gender parity at several fora including the Global Women’s Forum Dubai and GITEX Tech conference. She has authored several articles on the power of gender parity in Newsweek Middle East and more recently on more powerful approaches to ensuring value in public finances.

Albert Rivera Díaz

Spain

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.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat

Vice-President, International Relations, Arab American University-Palestine, Palestinian Territories

Iriqat, Dalal, Dr., is assistant professor and VP of Int. Relations at the Arab American University Palestine. Dalal is a weekly columnist at AlQuds Newspaper since 2016. Dalal’s research focus on Diplomacy, Nation Branding, Palestinian State Building, Coercive Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is author of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century, Diplomacy in the perspective of Peace Building, Limitations of Coercive Diplomacy, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19. She served as Senior Advisor on Strategic Communications at the PMO between 2017-18. She served as the Senior Policy Consultant for writing the Human Development Report UNDP for Palestine in 2015. Dalal taught at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University between 2011-12. Dalal was elected President of the Diplomatic Academy of London Students’ Association in 2003. She was also a member of the students’ council at the University of Jordan in 2001. Dalal is passionate about bringing change into the Palestinian society through education, she is passionate about improving Palestinian Diplomacy and better brand Palestine. Iriqat is a founding member Mediterranean Women Mediators Network MWMN, founder member for Palestine Experts for Education under Covid-19, Founding and Board member of the Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Center PCRSC, board member of Lycée Franćais International of Ramallah, board member of Eco Peace Palestine and sits on the jury board of 3alArd initiative. Dalal IRIQAT has a PhD in Public Administration from Paris I Sorbonne 2011, A Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University in London 2004 and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Jordan 2003 and she continues to learn.
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Maleeka Bokhari

Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice of Pakistan, Pakistan

Maleeka Bokhari is a Barrister, and a Member of Parliament from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (ruling party).Ms. Bokhari is currently serving as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Law and Justice in Pakistan, and responsible for the legislative business in Parliament. She is at the forefront of the Government’s law reform agenda and part of the legal team drafting the Action Plan for the Women in the Justice system, as part of the Prime Minister’s 100 day agenda. In addition, she is currently drafting various pieces of legislation with Dr. Barrister Farogh Naseem, Federal Minister for Law and Justice in Pakistan. She has remained at the forefront of legal reform to promote the rights of women and girls across Pakistan including drafting and enactment of historic Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 which has abolished the use of two-finger (virginity) testing for victims of rape and sexual offences. She was also instrumental in enactment of Enforcement of Women's Property Rights Act 2020, which provides for protection of property and possession rights of women across the country. She continues to bring a gendered perspective to the legislative reform agenda of the current Government and is spearheading overhaul of the criminal justice system under the leadership of the Pakistan Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Dr Barrister Farogh Naseem. Maleeka is a Barrister with over ten years of professional legal experience in the United Kingdom and Pakistan. She obtained her LLB Hons in 2007, and was awarded the Helena Kennedy QC Scholarship award for her academic achievements. She completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2008 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Queen Mother Scholar thereafter. The Queen Mother Scholarship is awarded to by Middle Temple Inns of Court in UK to twenty students each year in recognition of their outstanding academic/professional achievements. She is currently admitted as an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan. She has undertaken work in all major facets of civil legal practice. Her professional legal experience includes representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, nonprofit organisations, local companies and Government entities, and has provided legal advice on complex commercial contracts, joint ventures, and labour laws. Maleeka is a fierce human rights advocate, and passionate about law reform and gender equality. She moved from UK to use her professional experience to contribute to development of Pakistan.

Subha Nagarajan

Managing Director, Global Capital Advisory, GE Energy Financial Services, USA

Dr. Subha Nagarajan is leading the charge for GE’s ambitious emerging markets investment portfolio. She heads the U.S. Advisory and Execution team for GE Capital’s Global Capital Advisory team based in Washington DC. In this role, Subha leads the structuring, execution and relationship management for US-based export credit agencies (ECAs), development finance institutions (DFIs), and other financing institutions.

Prior to GE, Subha was the Managing Director for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She opened OPIC’s first overseas office in Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments.

Subha also worked in various leadership roles at the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, and oil & gas sectors.

She has co-authored Understanding Power Project Finance, Understanding Power Project Procurement, Committee of Ten Policy Brief: Financing of Sustainable Energy Solutions, and contributed to the WEF publication Paving the Way: Maximizing the Value of Private Finance in Infrastructure, along with other publications.

Subha has a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the George Washington University, and a MA in Finance and Economics from McGill University.

Nora Khaldi

Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nuritas, Ireland

Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Her revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognized by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the European Union Commission. She is the founder of Nuritas, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence to the food arena, with the aim of creating the future of food and personalized nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Nuritas was recently classified among the 21 most innovative start-ups in the world along with Uber.

Ameya Prabhu

Managing Director, NAFA Capital, India

Ameya is an author, financial services entrepreneur & social worker. He is the founder and Managing Partner of UAP Advisors, whose flagship firm, NAFA Capital, focuses on asset management across asset classes & investment banking in the India and other emerging markets. UAP also invests in sustainable sectors such as agribusiness, healthcare, financial inclusion and renewable energy. He is the author of The Rock Babas and other stories, a fictional book of short stories that takes a philosophical outlook on the vagaries of human life. He is a regular columnist his writings have been published my reputed publications such as the HuffPost, The Quint, Business Today amongst others. Ameya serves as a trustee on the board of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS), a non-profit organization focused on skill training and skill development in rural & semi urban India with an emphasis on female empowerment. He also serves on the advisory board of The Climate Group and on the India board of MiracleFeet, a global non-profit organization focused on eliminating club foot. Ameya has a Bsc in Economics, Politics and International studies from the University of Warwick, England and a Masters in Financial Management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Li Ni

Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Bilibili Inc., People's Republic of China

Carly Lee is the Vice Chairwoman and Chief Operating Officer of Bilibili. She oversees the company’s overall business operations, the development of its content ecosystem, commercialization, strategic investment and marketing. Ms. Lee has helped transform Bilibili from an interest-based online community into a highly competitive public company and a popular cultural brand among Chinese young people. In 2020, Ms. Lee led the production of smash hits such as Bilibili’s New Year’s Eve Gala, the viral Youth Day video “Rear Waves,” and music reality show Rap for Youth, continuously enhancing the mass market appeal of the Bilibili brand. She also played a key role in driving the company’s user and revenue growth.