Who we are
The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.
Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.
Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.
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
Bhairavi is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, developmental enthusiast and an avid philanthropist. She is the Chairperson and Founder of IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation and Executive Director of SCA Group of Companies founded in 1896. SCA Group undertakes activities in supply chain and logistics sector.
Bhairavi has been listed as one of the 30 most Powerful Women in India by the India Today publication. She has been profiled as Stree Shakti (Woman Power) person by CNBC Awaaz and featured as a Young Turk by CNBC TV 18. She has been listed as one of the 10 women exemplars by the Hindustan Times and Business Today Magazine has featured her as the Supply Chain Maven.
Bhairavi is World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader. She is a KBF Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute and a Responsible Leader of the BMW World Responsible Leaders Forum. She is a Member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honor Society, USA and is Past National Chairman, CII's Young Indians. She is a trustee of India@75 Foundation, Leap Foundation and Ananta Centre and serves on the Global Advisory Committee of Earth Day Network.
In the past decade Bhairavi has started, acquired, scaled up many ventures, most of them focused on supply chain and logistics. She is a firm believer in entrepreneurial ecosystems that create livelihood opportunities and dedicates a significant amount of her time, expertise and philanthropy for the cause. Bhairavi is a trained classical dancer and is passionate about the Arts. Co-creating sustainable livelihoods for communities in higher Himalayas is a mission close to her heart.
Mouhamed Moustapha Fall
Mouhamed Moustapha Fall is a Senegalese mathematician who focuses on agricultural and food production, especially overfishing. He is endowed Chair in Mathematics and its applications at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal. Fall created a mathematical application that helps calculate a sustainable rate at which fishermen in Senegal can fish the local waters without affecting future fish populations.
Xavier Duportet is a genome architect. He cofounded Eligo Bioscience in 2014, while doing his PhD in Synthetic Biology at MIT and INRIA. He raised over €3M to develop a new generation of ultra-precise biotherapeutics to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria and sculpt our microbiome using genetic engineering. He is an MIT TR35, Forbes 30 Under 30 and was elected French Innovator of the year by the MIT Technology Review. He was recently awarded French PhD-Entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation Norbert Segard, as one of the 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Europe, and French Young Leader by the Leadership Circle. Xavier is also the founder and president of Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit organization, operating in 45 countries, which goal is to accelerate the development of deeptech startups that transform disruptive scientific technologies into products or services to solve societal and industrial challenges. He has already raised more than $6M for this cause. Every year, the organisation receives more than 5000 startup applications from the best research centers worldwide, gathers more than 1000 deeptech founders via more than 100 events with iconic leaders such as Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Deepmind, CTO at NASA, CEO at Unity Biotech, Emmanuel Macron and many others, and distributes more than $1M in prizes to the most promising early-stage science startups.
Undersecretary of Renewable Energy of Argentina since 2016, and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency since 2018, he is responsible for the country’s energy transition toward a cleaner matrix.
Sebastián has 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. He is the founding director of the Master of Science in Renewable Energy Program at National Technological University (UTN), and played an instrumental role working with Argentina’s National Senate as author of the Renewable Energy National Law. He has advised on renewable energy projects for many public and private institutions around the world and has held various executive positions in the private sector in Europe and Latin America.
In 2017, Sebastián worked with Harvard University in setting up RenovAr as a Case Study due to its outstanding achievements. In 2018 he was appointed as Chair of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and was selected as Fellow of the Eisenhower Foundation (EF) in Philadelphia and as Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to promoting a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. In 2019, he received the Clean Energy Award of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) and the Climate Breakthrough Project award, a 2 Million USD prize for developing GREENMAP (Global Renewable Energy Mass Adoption Program), a breakthrough strategy to help deploying renewables at a global scale.
Sebastián holds a degree in mechanical engineering from UTN in Argentina and earned a MSc. in Renewable Energy from EUREC Agency in Brussels, NTUA in Greece and University of Zaragoza in Spain. He also holds an Executive Development Diploma from IAE Business School.
Tech entrepreneur and venture capital. Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo; Managing Partner, Janngo Capital. Janngo builds, grows and invests in pan-African tech for good champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact. Janngo is backed by African snf International strategic and financial investors including the Mulliez Family, Clipperton Finance and African HNWI. At Jumia, a tech unicorn in Africa listed on the New York Stock Exchange, served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Côte d’Ivoire, Managing Director, Nigeria, and Member of the Executive Committee for Africa. Passionate about leapfrogging development through technology in Africa, in particular when it comes to women's entrepreneurship and empowerment, small and medium-sized enterprise growth and formalization and tackling health and education issues through MedTech and EdTech. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow; Forbes Africa 30 under 30; Aenne Burda Award for visionary leadership, optimism and courage. Member: Board, SouthBridge Investment Bank; Board and Investment Committee, Creadev Africa; Council of Women in Africa; Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, World Economic Forum.
Angela Daniella Garcia Moreno
Angela Daniella Garcia Moreno founded Elemental in 2016. Elemental aims to disrupt the traditional educational system in Bolivia and provide equal opportunities to new generations to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She is an advocate of women's empowerment and youth education and was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as an innovator under 35 in Latin America.
Co-Founder, Group President and Deputy Chairman of Fullerton Healthcare Corporation. A champion of sustainable healthcare, dedicated to finding concrete solutions to make healthcare across Asia-Pacific more accessible and affordable. A leading force in Fullerton Health’s growing presence, expanding the group from its Singapore roots to across eight markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Formerly, Chief Executive Officer, SIN Capital Group. Experience in investment banking and special situations investing at Goldman Sachs and AIG Investment Corporation earlier on in career. Champion of health and education equality. Co-founded and Chairman, Fullerton Health Foundation, which offers complimentary health screenings and medication for chronic disease patients. Was instrumental in developing partnerships with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Doctors Without Borders and the Shared Value Project, to augment impact and improve health outcomes for disadvantaged communities in Asia. 2009, founded SIN Capital Group to provide value-added capital and create long-term impact in areas that impact everyday life like healthcare, real estate and education. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. Member, Harvard Business School Global Leaders Circle. BA in Accounting and Finance, Manchester University; MBA, Harvard Business School.
Otto Sonnenholzner was elected to be the vice president of Ecuador in December 2018. For 12 years, he was a radio personality with his own talk show and was the general manager of Radio Tropicana in Guayaquil. Sonnenholzner also served as the president of Asociación Ecuatoriana de Radiodifusores in Guayas. He is part of faculty at Universidad Católica de Guayaquil where he teaches courses on business.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stellar Capacity, an education company providing digital leadership courses, digital skills trainings and digital skills mapping for organizations and individuals. The company focuses on the impact of new technologies on citizens, businesses, society and global markets. Member of the Industry 2030 high-level industrial roundtable at the European Commission, co-author of the Industry 2030 vision for the European Union. Founder of Swedish for Professionals, a language and cultural training company. Associate Faculty at Singularity University since 2014. Member of the Steering Board of the Software Development Academy. Board Member at Swedes Abroad. Appointed: One of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders by Friends of Europe; One of Sweden's most impactful women in business; Young Leader of the Year in Sweden, Gifted Citizen, La Ciudad de las Ideas, Mexico; European David Rockefeller Fellowship, Trilateral Commission, One of Sweden's most Creative Minds by Resume. Selected as representative of the European David Rockefeller fellows at the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission. Formerly: with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); with ACCESS in India; set up and managed ACCESS Health International, the policy think-tank, Singapore; Board Member at Project Playground, Senior Adviser to the Office of Strategic Analysis, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Member of the World Economic Forum Europe Policy Group. Member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation.