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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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Soraya Darabi

Founder and Managing Partner, Trail Mix Ventures, USA

Soraya is a General Partner and founder of Trail Mix Ventures (www.trailmix.vc), an early-stage investment firm focused on the "future of living well." TMV invests in services and products that elevate our physical, mental and financial well-being. This may include: frontier health organizations, brands born online, marketplaces and design-driven technologies.

She began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, where she positioned the global news leader on social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, partnered with startups large and small, and established award winning campaigns. She went on to co-found the application Foodspotting, named by Apple and Wired Magazine as an “App of the Year” (acquired by Open Table, Priceline) and later Zady, a mission-driven brand described often as "The Whole Foods of Fashion"(www.zady.com).

She has been featured on the cover of Fast Company Magazine's “Most Creative People in Business” issue and on the cover of Brand Week’s "Digital Best” issue for her work in new media and entrepreneurship. She was named an Inc. Magazine "30 Under 30" (2012), Fortune Magazine "40 Under 40: Women to Watch" (2015). She sat on the digital advisory board of General Electric and is a current board member and trustee of The Nature Conservancy - New York (www.nature.org). She is a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader," a six-year mentor to Tech Stars New York, three-times named a "Mentor of the Year." She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University.

Vania Masías

Founding Director, Asociacion Civil Danza Peru, Peru

Vania is a professional ballerina and a social entrepreneur. She performed as a principal dancer for the Municipal Ballet of Lima, acting in main roles of the classical repertoire. Later on, she performed as a modern dancer in Europe and the Caribbean, danced at the Irish National Ballet and was selected to perform for Cirque du Soleil. Finally she decided to go back to Lima to start Angeles D1, a self-sustaining social enterprise that provides artistic dance training for marginalized kids that are thus transformed into professional dancers. She is currently its Founding Director. With Angeles D1 she produced choreographies as well as musicals.She is an Ambassador of Marca Perú, won the Synacyd Social Innovation award, the Indecopi Insitutional award 2012, and the Esteban Campodónico award for service to society. GQ magazine named her as inspiration person of year 2012 while Trome newspaper included her among the 11 most notable Peruvians of 2012. The City of Lima appointed her as a Distinguished Citizen in 2009. She is member of the consulting council of the Culture Ministry and member of the board of Peru 2021.

Nolan Watson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandstorm Gold Ltd, Canada

President and CEO, Sandstorm Gold, a NYSE American-listed company with a market capitalization of $1.1 billion. Founder and President, Nations Cry, a registered charity building and operating schools in Sierra Leone, Africa. By the age of 26, was the youngest CFO of any NYSE-listed company in the world. Recognized as one of the "Top-40-Under-40", Canada and "CEO of the Year". In addition, Nolan is the youngest "Fellow" of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and he has been recognized as one of the "Most Motivated" Chartered Financial Analysts in the World by CFA Magazine. Nolan is a regular contributor on various radio programs, television programs, and government conferences on topics ranging from mining, to environmental sustainability and he has been seen on CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC, BNN and CNBC Europe among others.

Dave Duarte

Chief Executive Officer, Treeshake, South Africa

Helps build campaigns and movements for sustainable development. Clients include UN agencies, political parties, prominent activists, non-profits, as well as corporate brands. Approach combines data science, behavioural insights, and storytelling.

Chairman at the Reach Trust, has provided over 10m South Africans with access to learning materials and support via mobile phones.

Founding Director of the founder of the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, helping one of the world's leading ad agency groups stay on the cutting edge of communications innovation.

Previously Director at the Mail & Guardian news group; Programme Director at the University of Cape Town; founder of social media agency, Cerebra (later sold to WPP); and headed up Creative Commons South Africa

Eleni Antoniadou

President, European Health Parliament, United Kingdom

Eleni Antoniadou is a multidisciplinary researcher focused on developing artificial organs as an alternative therapeutic pathway for transplantations, as a means to eliminate illegal organ trading. She has been named the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 for Healthcare, Cartier Laureate for USA, 2013 Woman of the Year in the UK , BBC 100 Most Powerful Women, “11 Great Greeks of the Past, Present and Future” by the EPP party of the European Parliament among others and received more than 12 scholarships during her academic career. Eleni has worked for NASA and the European Astronaut Centre and is the co-founder of Transplants Without Donors LLC.

Since 2009, Eleni is committed to the elimination of harmful and repugnant organ trade by organising medical mission trips to affected areas in Latin America and Africa and by raising awareness about illicit organ trading. Her endeavours serve as a primary driver to create a global regulatory framework that will culminate in the passage of transplant and artificial organ legislation at an international level.

Sadiq Gillani

Senior Vice-President, Emirates Group, United Arab Emirates

Sadiq is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB. He was formerly a Senior Vice President with Lufthansa Group, first as Chief Strategy Officer and then Chief Planning Officer for Eurowings. He was formely an airline consultant with Bain & Seabury. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. His TED talk on the Next Step for Airlines has been viewed 125,000 times

Irina Anghel-Enescu

Managing Director, South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Romania

Managing Director, South Eastern European Private Equity and VC Association. On the Representative Committee, European Venture Capital Association (InvestEurope). Appointed Member, Romanian Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Founder and Chairperson, Triple Helix, an NGO dedicated to catalyzing a shift to a more entrepreneurial mentality in the former communist countries in Eastern Europe. Spent a year at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on the role of smart money for kick-starting and/or strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Eisenhower Fellow (2008). Mason Fellow, Harvard (2010). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2014).

Yuefei Qin

Chairman, Serve for China, People's Republic of China

Yuefei graduated from Yale University in 2010 and serves as China’s first Ivy-League village chief, as well as the first Ivy-League representative to local People’s Congress by direct election. Yuefei co-founded NPO Serve For China. Each year, SFC admits a highly select group of top university graduates into its fellowship program. The fellows are sent to poor villages to work with the natives, in the capacity of poverty-alleviation officer and assistant to village chief, on poverty reduction, through rural entrepreneurship and social innovation. Yuefei is a recipient of the First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service and was named one of China's Top Ten Village Chiefs by China Central Television in 2013. He received the prestigious Touching China Award in 2017.

Andy Moon

Chief Executive Officer, SunFarmer, USA

Andy Moon is an entrepreneur that enjoys working on big problems such as energy, healthcare, and politics. For the last 4 years he has served as CEO and co-founder of SunFarmer, a Y Combinator-backed social enterprise that has completed over 300 solar energy installations in Asia.

Previously, Andy raised over $200 million from institutional investors to finance solar energy projects in the US and Europe, and worked as a consultant in the healthcare practice at McKinsey and Company. He was also an early advisor to Possible Health, a leading public health nonprofit.

Andy holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University, and is particularly interested in getting better people elected to the US government in 2018.

Areas of expertise:
- Starting new ventures
- Defining and measuring social impact
- Customer research and product development
- Investment due diligence
- Fund-raising from investors, government, and foundations
- Hiring and managing high-performing teams
- International expansion, including emerging markets
Andy has spent summers volunteering in Cambodia and the Philippines, and has served as an energy and fund-raising advisor to the nonprofit Possible. He holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University