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.
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
Simon Smiles is Chief Investment Officer – UHNW. In this capacity, he and his team formulate investment strategy, themes and trades for UBS’s Ultra High Net Worth clients. He is UBS's youngest Group Managing Director and is also responsible for derivatives, hedge fund, private markets, sustainable, and short term trading investment strategies, leads UBS WM’s impact investing efforts, contributes to the wider UBS WM House View, hosts the monthly UBS Investor Forum, and sits on UBS’s Global Investment Committee.
Prior to moving to Zurich, Smiles worked for UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong as Head of Asian Thematic Research. Before this, he ran UBS's media and internet equity research team in Australia, and taught economics and finance at the University of Sydney and UTS.
Simon is a WEF Young Global Leader, IIF Future Leader, UBS Opinion Leader, and member of the Milken Institute's Young Leaders Circle, has appeared regularly in financial media including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters TV, Barron’s, WSJ, Forbes, and has participated in and moderated panels at a wide variety of international conferences.
He received a PhD in economics from the Australian National University and first class honors in both economics and finance from the University of Sydney.
As an entrepreneur I have founded some succesfull startups in Denmark. Start-ups which I still own and love to see develop even furtuer. I like to challenge existing business models and change the market places by involving talented employees and give them responsibility to develop the business and themselves. I also like to engage into social projects where the value added for the society and other stakeholders are being measured and where contribution makes sense and adds value at the same time.
Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, the Forbes 30 under 30 List, Conscious Company's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List, and is a Laureate of Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America for her leadership in environmental entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT.
Bakaya is the Founder & CEO of Renewlogy, which is a technology leader in developing innovative solutions for renewing waste and creating circular economies. Business Insider named Renewlogy one of the 20 Most Inspiring Companies and Inc. named it one of the 25 Most Audacious Companies. Bakaya also serves as a Director of Renew Oceans, which has received support from the National Geographic Society and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
Dr Christian Kroll is a social scientist, international thought-leader on the historic Agenda 2030, and the creator of the first monitoring tool to measure country performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, he serves as the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index reports which are produced annually with UN Special Advisor Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and he heads the SDG project at Bertelsmann Stiftung. He gained a PhD from the London School of Economics and authored numerous articles in scientific journals and policy-oriented reports, including "Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready" with a foreword by Kofi Annan. Christian is also a Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he developed the country’s first university course on the SDGs. He taught classes at the London School of Economics and held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as Jacobs University Bremen. His research has featured in national and international media such as the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, ARD, Spiegel Online among others.
Graduate, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris; Master's, Economic Warfare School (École de Guerre Économique); MBA, HEC Paris. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Guepard Group (www.guepardgroup.com), an African media investment holding. Chairman, La Tribune Afrique (www.latribuneafrique.com). Chairman, Huffington Post Maghreb (www.huffpostmaghreb.com). Columnist, La Tribune. Contributor, Forbes. Editorialist, Le Nouvel Observateur. Author of Intelligence économique et guerres secrètes au Maroc (2009). Co-Author: Le Maroc stratégique (2015); Une ambition Marocaine, des experts analysent la décennie 1999-2009; Le Maghreb dans les relations internationales (2011).
Member of the European Parliament with D66/ Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Expertise: trade, technology and foreign policy.
Nina heads the Life Science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 600m venture capital fund, and serves on the boards of several companies. Prior experience includes Gambro AB and The Boston Consulting Group. On a pro bono basis, she acts as advisor to Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Innovation Unit and serves on the boards of Stockholms Sjukhem, a charitable hospital, and Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus company. Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), ‘40 under 40 – European Young Leader' (EuropaNova/Friends of Europe), and as a Rising Talent (Women's Forum).
Ahmed Ali Al-Hammadi
Ahmed Hammadi serves as the acting head of active investments and head of fund investments at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He oversees active investment portfolios, including sector portfolios, managed portfolios and fund investments and is responsible for fund investments in private equity, equity, hedge funds and real estate. He served as an associate in the asset management department from 2010 to 2014 and was responsible for reviewing and recommending investments for the QIA hedge fund portfolio, the venture capital programme, and for attracting asset managers to Qatar. He serves as non-independent non-executive director at Pavilion REIT Management. From 2008 to 2010, he served as vice-president, asset management, EFG-Hermes Qatar, where he oversaw the asset management business in Qatar. Prior to that, he was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and worked on the restructuring and strategy recommendation for several financial service firms in the Middle East and was a financial reporting analyst from 2003 to 2005. Hammadi graduated with a BSc in economics, finance and accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
An apparel, hospitality, and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Dayton started a movement to reimagine the identity of America's north as one of adventure, creativity and the embrace of cold winters. His company is on a mission to keep the north cold by donating 110% of its own carbon impact to organizations leading the fight against climate change. Prior to founding Askov Finlayson, he was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000 mile dogsled expedition focused on climate research and education.