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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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Pia Mancini

Chair, The Democracy Earth Foundation, Spain

Formerly: Chief of Advisers and Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs, Government of the City of Buenos Aires; and CIPPEC; Peer and Co-Founder, DemocracyOS & The Net Party (Partido de la Red); The XLab Fellow; Institute for the Future Fellow for Good. Co-Founder, OpenCollective. Chairwoman, DemocracyEarth. Political Scientist.

Rachael Chong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Catchafire, USA

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.

Joe Gebbia

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Airbnb, USA

Degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design. Formerly: Designer, Chronicle Books; Previously developed web and consumer product startups. Currently, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb. He plays a leading role in shaping Airbnb’s future innovation, distinctive culture, and design aesthetic, and through his work, seeks to expand the richness of human connection in the world.

Sabrina Chao

Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ms. Sabrina Chao is the Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Holdings Limited and the past Chairman of Hong Kong Shipowners Association and the Asian Shipowners’ Association. She has also served as a member of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, and is presently the Chairman of the Maritime Services Training Board of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.

Wah Kwong Group, led by Sabrina, was founded in 1952 and has always demonstrated the great tradition of the Chao family, which has represented value, stability, promise and responsibility. It has a diversified fleet, and experienced and dedicated staff. In addition to being a famous shipowner in the world, Wah Kwong
Group provides services in other shipping sectors, such as newbuildings, fleet management, business operations, and consulting services for sale and purchase. Currently, Wah Kwong Group operates a fleet of 18 bulk carriers, 6 VLCCs, 4 Aframax tankers, and 5 LPG carriers, with a total capacity of over 3.9 million deadweight tons.

Sabrina not only steers the Wah Kwong Group; she is also a leader in the global maritime industry. She is a very influential shipping figure in Hong Kong, Asia and the international shipping arena. She took over the chairmanship of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association in 2015, and under her capable leadership, the Association has undertaken reforms and innovation. With the support of its members, the Association has seen many breakthroughs at all levels. Externally, the Association has remained pro-active at the international and regional arenas, but become more active in the national arena. The Association participates actively in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and has strengthened liaison with the central government authorities in Beijing, as well as key maritime cities including Shanghai, Zhoushan and Dalian.

Sabrina has been active in corporate social responsibility projects and has taken part in and made donations to many public welfare service projects in both Hong Kong and Jiangsu province. She is an advocate for children welfare and women’s equality.

Sabrina also has a strong interest in youth work. During her tenure as Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Jiangsu Youth, she led a delegation of young people to visit Nanjing and Wuxi, promoting university student exchange, establishing a platform for the Hong Kong and Jiangsu youth to communicate in culture, the economy, trade, science and technology and other fields.

In addition to above, Sabrina is a member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC in Jiangsu Province; Honourary President of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, a member of the Logistics Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; a trustee of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum; Chairman of the Departmental Advisory Committee of the Logistics and Shipping Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Advisor for the Wuxi Hong Kong Residents Association, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. She was named a Global Young Leader in 2013 by the World Economic Forum. In March 2018, she is named a Commodore by the Connecticut Maritime Association for her contribution to the maritime industry.

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.

Alisha Moopen

Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, United Arab Emirates

Alisha is the Executive Director of Aster DM Healthcare which is an integrated healthcare conglomerate of 30 years’ standing which spans 9 countries (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, India, Philippines, and Jordan). Aster provides primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care services, and now has more than 300 facilities. The Group employs more than 20,000 people, of which 2,000 are doctors and some 6,000 are paramedical and nursing staff. Alisha is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). and worked earlier with Ernst & Young. She has graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in Finance & Accounting. Alisha's philosophy in life is 'Healthiness is Happiness'. She wants to enable quality healthcare across the globe treating people with compassion, precision and excellence. She is dedicated to the cause of women's empowerment and mental health. She believes in diversity of the workforce, the strength in differences and focused on improving the glass ceilings at work for women. Health is a birthright of every human on this planet. Alisha is dedicated to ensure that humanity leverages on advances in science as well as personal re-engineering of self ranging from lifestyle choices to dealing with the external environment to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.

Avid Larizadeh Duggan

Non-Executive Director, Barclays, United Kingdom

Avid is a Non Executive Director on the board of Barclays UK.

Until December 2019, Avid was the COO of Kobalt Music Group, the leading music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model.

Prior to Kobalt, Avid was a General Partner at GV and co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015).

Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and adviser since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She has been an active early investor in multiple companies, including as an angel investor in Okta (Nasdaq: OKTA). Avid also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

Avid serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also led Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK getting over 22 million people to try an hour of code. In 2019, she was appointed Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the economy, business and education.

Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow. She speaks French, English, Farsi, and German.

Mayur Patel

Group Chief Operating Officer, Cassava Fintech, Zimbabwe

A leader in Africa’s mobile technology and digital media sectors, Mayur serves as Group Chief Operating Officer of Cassava Fintech, providing mobile wallet and payment solutions to more than 13 million customers. Previously, he was CEO of award-winning mobile streaming company, Kwesé iflix, which pioneered pay-as-you-watch live and on-demand video services in Africa. Mayur is passionate about building inclusive and sustainable businesses. He is an Advisory Board Member of NYU Stern’s Center for Business & Human Rights, and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council. He is a co-founder of the leading go-to-market platform for plant-based protein products in Africa, Infinite Foods, and Board member of the children’s edutainment company, Ubongo. His work has featured in the Lancet, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Chronicle of Philanthropy. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayur has a doctorate in International Development from Oxford. He is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Ida Liu

Managing Director; Head, North America, Citi Private Bank, USA

Ida Liu is Head of Citi Private North America. She oversees our Ultra High Net Worth business and has extensive global investments experience.

Ida joined Citi from Vivienne Tam, a women’s wear design house, where she was Global
Head of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Prior to this, Ida was an investment banker for Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong. She started her career as a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at BT Wolfensohn (now Deutsche Bank).

Ida is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and a featured speaker at many industry events including the Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference, the Goldman Sachs Brokering Change Conference, the Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum and the Ernst & Young Corporate Best Practice Conference.

Ida is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Crain’s 40 Under 40, Financial Times Top 100 Advisors and Top 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business.

Ida serves as a Board Member of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and as a Board Member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Group. She is also an Advisor to Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle Group.

Ida holds a BA with honors from Wellesley College, a Merrill Lynch Executive MBA from
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Kennedy School Global
Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and
Spanish and conversant in Italian and Russian.