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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
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
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gnowbe, a pioneering mobile learning platform for enterprises focused on learning, engagement and productivity through mobile, microlearning. Gnowbe is a spin-off from Awaken Group, a pioneer of transformation design (TD) globally, multi-disciplinary approach to helping companies achieve their objectives by integrating business strategy, leadership and human-centred design. Designs values-based innovative experiences and organizations. Works with individuals to better align what's inside with what's on the outside.
Board Member: Young Professionals' Group (youth mentoring and scholarship). Author of “Inside Out,” TEDx speaker, educator, consultant, coach, innovator, adviser, pioneer, public speaker, culture connector and global citizen. Former: McKinsey, Citigroup. Graduate of Harvard Business School and University of Pennsylvania.
Yinuo Li is Director of China Country Office at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She oversees a team that works with China’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address key domestic and global health, development, and policy issues. Before joining the foundation in 2015, she was a partner at McKinsey & Co., Beijing office, served as co-leader of the Healthcare Practice and as leader of the Social Sector and Global Public Health Practice. Yinuo has a B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UCLA.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, a web performance and security company that was named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology Company for two successive years, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Before co-founding Cloudflare, held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two start-ups. BSc degree (Hons), McGill University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Recipient, Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine; 40 Under 40 leader by San Francisco Business Times. Featured as one of the Women Who Rule Silicon Valley in a recent issue of ELLE magazine.
Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan. He is also the Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and privacy. Before joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he worked on a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences.
Chantzos holds a law degree from the University of Thessaloniki, a Masters degree in Computers and Communication Law from the University of London and a Master degree in Business Administration from Solvay Business School. He is also member of the Athens Bar Association. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of TechAmerica Europe. He also served for four terms as Chairman of the European Policy Council of Business Software Alliance (BSA). He is appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and at Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) Advisory Board. Chantzos is a member of the Young Global Leaders 2014 class of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German.
Expertise: law, policy, information technology, information security, data protection, cloud computing, critical infrastructure protection, cyberdefense, e-government, international trade, intellectual property, competition law, IT business, economics and innovation, politics and information society.
Nadia Maqbool graduated from the Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture in June 2006 and became the first UK-qualified woman Omani Architect to achieve the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) accreditation in August 2010. Maqbool’s interest in creating sustainable cultural and environmental diversity is reinforced by her curiosity in how culture, memory and sustainability can play a positive interpretative role in architecture. She is a founding member of 23 Degrees North an award-winning Omani Chartered Architectural Design Studio. She received the National Entrepreneurship Award in 2014 and the National MEED award for best social, cultural and heritage project of the year 2016.
Dr. Luhan Yang is a scientific entrepreneur who pioneered genome editing technology and is passionate about changing the world for better. She is leading the efforts of creating human transplantable organs and cells using genome editing approach at eGenesis ( Cambridge, USA) and Qihan ( Hangzhou, China). She previously developed the highly programmable genome-engineering tool, CRISPR/Cas9, and pioneered the first isogenic human stem cell lines to model human diseases at the tissue level. She was recently honored as one of the Visionaries of Our Time ( NYT, 2018) and the Most Influential 50 People (Bloomberg, 2017) and was among “30 Under 30” in Science and Healthcare by Forbes Magazine (2014).
Dr. Yang holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Human Biology and Translational Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
Forsan Hussein is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Zaitoun Ventures--a values-driven startup factory with a diversified portfolio of technology companies in USA, Shanghai, Israel and Palestine. Forsan previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jerusalem International Y and the Three Arches Company. After business school, he worked as an investment consultant for Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles. As a business and social entrepreneur, Forsan has created several international organizations and initiatives that promote Middle East peace and foster regional cooperation. Forsan is a Kauffman Fellow (class 19), a Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Forsan holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and MBA from Harvard Business School.
At the age of 35, Nick Ayers is widely regarded as a powerhouse political strategist resulting in his appointment as US vice-president Mike Pence's trusted chief of staff. He holds a track record for running successful campaigns for his candidates and holds an increasingly growing influence in the US political sphere.
Researcher in politics, gender, and press freedom. Former Information Minister of Yemen. PhD candidate at Politics Dept of Uni of Reading U.K.
Expert in Yemen's political transition process and has strong views on global mobility issues.