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
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).
A mission-driven technologist, Carlos Reines is committed to disrupting current healthcare systems to provide better access for the 3 billion people who live on less than $2.50/day. For every electronic medical consultation on RubiconMD, patients avoid complications, weeks of waiting and hundreds of dollars in unnecessary costs.
Jukay Hsu is the co-founder & CEO of Pursuit, whose mission is to create transformation where it’s needed most. Pursuit’s programs increase participant incomes from $18,000 to $85,000 by equipping them with software engineering skills and enabling them to get jobs and create leaders reflective of the diversity in our society. Jukay graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics and then served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay served as the youngest member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Transition Team and Jobs Task Force. He currently serves as a Director of the New York City Water Board, the Vice-Chair of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City Foundation.
Ivy Huq Russell
Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO & founder of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.
Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Resident Representative for China, senior economist. Previously, China Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department based in Washington DC, focused on macroeconomic forecasting, broader China rebalancing and issues on high savings. Co-edited the book “ The future of China’s Bond Market’. Before working on China, worked on regional issues in Asia-Pacific and published research in a wide range of areas, including long-term growth/middle-income trap, macroprudential policies, corporate leverage, and capital flows and asset prices. Prior to that, worked on the Philippines, focusing on macro surveillance and labor market issues. Also worked on Romania, engaged in IMF program negotiations and reviews. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.
Currently leading the sustainable investing and innovation portfolio for OPTrust, a Canadian public pension plan, and serving as a board director for Ai-Media and for several public policy & educational organizations.
Previously with: FCLTGlobal (Focusing Capital on the Long Term); The Samara Centre for Democracy; McKinsey & Company; Government of Canada; MaRS Discovery District.
Author of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. Recipient of the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and named one of 100 Top Women in Canada.
Degrees from Queen’s University and the Harvard Kennedy School.
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.
Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is minister of youth and sports and a member of parliament for Muar, Johore. He is co-founder and youth chief of BERSATU. He is known for being a impressive debater and an advocate of anti-corruption issues. His dedication to engaging youth in politics is a primary feature of his platform.
Alix is Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Fund, a hybrid investment vehicle backed by leading aid agencies that makes debt, equity, and grant investments to accelerate evidence-based innovation that improves the lives of poor people. She has 20 years of experience advancing the agenda of evidence-based aid and international development as an investor, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator herself.
Alix has worked at the intersection of the evidence and innovation agendas from a diverse set of posts. She was the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that develops service delivery models to scale evidence-based programs. Under Alix’s leadership, Evidence Action catalyzed school-based deworming for hundreds of millions of children around the world, and safe drinking water for millions of people in four countries. Alix launched Evidence Action Beta, an incubator for innovations in development. Alix has also advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org, where she set strategy and made investments to support new public service models that work for the poor and developed models for outcome-based grantmaking. She began her career in management consulting and was a member of the faculty of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at University of California, Berkeley.
Alix has published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and elsewhere. She previously served on the board of directors of Innovations for Poverty Action, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and Evidence Action. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Born and raised in Colorado, she divides her time between Washington, D.C. and London.