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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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Alok Shetty

Principal Architect and Founder, Bhumiputra Architecture, India

Alok is Principal Architect and Founder of Bhumiputra Architecture, an internationally recognised, architectural design firm based in Bangalore, India. Alok and Bhumiputra's work in breaking the conventional mould of architecture, especially in the areas of social housing, sanitation, institutional, healthcare, education and urban design intervention has been published and recognised by the likes of Time Magazine (Next Generation Leader), Forbes (30 under 30 Asia, 30 under 30 India), National Geographic (India's Future Leaders) to name a few.

Akim Daouda

Chief Investment Officer, Gabonese Sovereign Wealth Fund (FGIS), Gabon

Chief Investment Officer of the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Gabonese Republic. The mission of the fund is to transfer wealth across generations by transforming finite resources into sustainable financial assets. Passionate about unlocking value for the region and bridging inequalities; oversees the SWF’s full portfolio of more than 100 investments spanning several sectors. Also articulates the fund investment strategy and provides high-level leadership. Works closely with government leaders and ministries, as well as private sector champions on issues related to economic development, industrial growth and transformation. 2017, joined the “Choiseul 100 Africa” list by Institut Choiseul. Ranked among Young African Business Leaders under the age of 40 who are expected to play a major and transformative role in the continent's economic development.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), Finland

Former Minister of Education, Vice-President of the National Coalition Party of Finland and is serving third term as a Member of Parliament. Portfolio as Minister of Education covered the entire knowledge chain, from early childhood education to top scientific research. Tasks have also involved issues related to culture, sport, youth and religious affairs during the period 2015-17. Served as the Minister of the Environment between 2014 and 2015. Formerly, worked as a reporter, as a Stockholm correspondent and as a press attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Entered Parliament in 2011.

Christian Zeinler

Managing Director, Head of Strategy & Business Development, UBS Switzerland AG, Switzerland

Christian Zeinler is Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at UBS where he has reorganized the team structure. He is passionate about the people mission in his job and invests significant time in sponsoring and coaching colleagues while creating opportunities. Prior to UBS, he successfully launched and managed a convertible bond fund before working at McKinsey & Company. Zeinler was one of McKinsey’s Core Leaders in its Wealth and Asset Management practice, leading and driving its efforts and knowledge creation globally on Investment Solutions. As a Partner, he was able to shape the industry’s strategic agenda working with the global leading institutions in this space.

Imani Duncan-Price

Chief of Staff, Office of the Opposition Leader, Jamaica

A former Senator, board member of the Development Bank of Jamaica, Managing Director of a luxury adventure destination management start-up, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Jamaica's leading think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Group Strategy Officer for the JMMB Group, a leading Caribbean financial services group, Imani Duncan-Price, exhibits a record of successful leadership in a range of areas. Now Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Imani supports the current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Phillips, in policy and political strategy formulation. She has, in her career, served as an international management consultant focused on the areas of business strategy, cluster competitiveness, gender strategy and social intervention, as well as co-authored extensive research on the origins of Kingston's inner-city violence, a theme she had previously explored for her Master's thesis. Indeed, Duncan-Price is a committed advocate for social and economic development, with a special focus on women's empowerment, and transforming the Jamaican economy with new industries such as medical cannabis to drive inclusive growth. After completing her year focused on sustainability and violence reduction issues as Miss Jamaica World 1995, she earned an interdisciplinary BA in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in the USA. Imani then attended Harvard University for her Masters where, as an International Development student, she co-founded AIDS-targeting NGO "Global Justice", whilst also working with the World Bank on the issue of gender and economic development. In recognition of her leadership, Imani was named amongst 50UnderFifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica's Future by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) in 2013, a Young Global Leader in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow 2018. Imani Duncan-Price is married to Stephen and a happy and tired mother of three.

Nicolas Hazard

Founder, INCO VENTURES, France

Master's degrees in Business, Economics and Politics, Paris I/Sorbonne, FU Berlin, HEC, Sciences-Po. Serial entrepreneur in social business. Founder of INCO, an organization supporting social enterprises throughout the world. President, CALSO, a non-profit organization based in California.
President of the Strategic Committee of the City of Paris.
Author: Capitalism for all, 20 enterprises that change the world, an essay; L'entreprise du XXIème siècle sera sociale ou ne sera pas; La ruée des licornes.
Writes a monthly column in Le Monde on social enterprises. Regularly contributes to The Guardian and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Interests: cycling, skiing and tennis.

Chinny Ogunro

Chief Executive Officer, WellSpring Health, Nigeria

Dr. Chinny Ogunro is the Chief Executive Officer of WellSpring Health, an integrated care consortium committed to delivering quality, affordable healthcare at scale. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, WellSpring Health drives away from traditional isolated, vertically-funded health programs to, instead, provide solutions from a comprehensive, horizonal approach centered on facility-level change and networked clinics.

She is a co-founder of Africa Health Holdings (AHH), a healthcare investment and management company whose operations are born out of her doctoral research and her first company, CarePoint Hospitals and Clinics.

Chinny also serves as Director of Health Research at the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa, a think tank spearheaded by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, where her work has explored innovative business models for health care delivery in growth economies, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Chinny holds a Ph.D in Health Management (Technology and Operations Management, Strategy) from the Harvard Business School, a M.A. in Health Administration from Cornell University, and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.

She has previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Veralon Partners, and provided long-term consultancy for the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health as well as multiple other development and partner organizations.

Faraja Nyalandu

Founder and executive director, Shule Direct, Tanzania

Faraja Nyalandu is an award-winning social entrepreneur, committed to promoting systemic change in digital learning in secondary school education in Tanzania. She has authored two youth empowerment books written in Kiswahili, Tanzania's national language, to reach underserved young people.

Rohit Chopra

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, USA

Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Has been an outspoken advocate for fair competition, consumer rights and accountability for corporations that break the law. Widely recognized for his expertise on America's trillion-dollar student loan crisis.