Who we are
We are 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
Lucy leads Innovation across Europe for Accenture. This includes representing innovation on our European Management Committee and Global Leadership Council and being the Europe Innovation Lead for Accenture’s Industry X business. She supports client innovation services teams around Europe, oversees our Hubs and Centers and engages with clients in finding value in their business using new ways of working, counter-cultural leadership practices, scaled experimentation, product and service build and innovation-led consulting. Lucy works alongside our Growth and Strategy teams and consulting practices to ensure a collaborative approach to investment and shared success with our clients and teams. Lucy is an experienced facilitator of C-suites and Boards and an expert in the growth playbook corporate's need to undertake. Additionally, she writes often, is a seasoned panelist, speaker and moderator, including leading stages at TEDx, Cannes Lions and other notable events. Lucy is a mentor and advisor to female founders and organisations on a wide-range of topics from generational diversity in leadership to business building and governance.
Sue Anne Tay
Sue Anne Tay is Head of Strategy & Planning for HSBC in Singapore. She works closely with the CEO and businesses to develop and execute HSBC's strategic vision and business development plans for Singapore. Priorities include growing Singapore as an ASEAN hub; capturing international flows, infrastructure-related opportunities and sustainable finance opportunities; scaling up SME business; investing in digital capabilities; growing the domestic retail business, and scaling up Singapore as offshore wealth hub.
Tay has spent a decade in diverse roles across HSBC's China and Group operations. Most recently, she served as HSBC's group strategy lead for RMB (renminbi) internationalization, where she helps to design and implement the bank's RMB business strategy across its global network. She was also based in Shanghai for over five years driving China's organic business in mainland China and executed strategic projects.
As a champion of next-generation thought leadership, Tay also co-leads Young China Watchers (YCW), a non-profit whose mission is to foster a network of 5,000 China-focused young professionals across Asia, Europe and the US as future China thought leaders. In a personal capacity, she has launched research platforms ShanghaiStreetStories.com and ChinainCentralAsia.com, which have been featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian and Asia Society, among others.
Through her roles as WEF Young Global Leader and Global Director for Young China Watchers, she has been actively engaged on issues close to her heart including China's evolving global role, ASEAN economic development, sustainable finance and female leadership in private/public sectors.
Ameya is an author, financial services entrepreneur & social worker. He is the founder and Managing Partner of UAP Advisors, whose flagship firm, NAFA Capital, focuses on asset management across asset classes & investment banking in the India and other emerging markets. UAP also invests in sustainable sectors such as agribusiness, healthcare, financial inclusion and renewable energy. He is the author of The Rock Babas and other stories, a fictional book of short stories that takes a philosophical outlook on the vagaries of human life. He is a regular columnist his writings have been published my reputed publications such as the HuffPost, The Quint, Business Today amongst others. Ameya serves as a trustee on the board of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS), a non-profit organization focused on skill training and skill development in rural & semi urban India with an emphasis on female empowerment. He also serves on the advisory board of The Climate Group and on the India board of MiracleFeet, a global non-profit organization focused on eliminating club foot. Ameya has a Bsc in Economics, Politics and International studies from the University of Warwick, England and a Masters in Financial Management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Shira Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which delivers innovative, hands-on Israeli cyber-security solutions to global and local corporations. Shira’s technological training dates back to her military service in the Israeli 8200 Elite Technology Unit of the Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber Analyst. She held business management positions at publicly-traded companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Bank Julius Baer & Co. in Zurich (SIX: BAER). Shira is an alumna of Harvard University (B.A.), where she studied Government and Chinese, and was a Shelby Davis Scholar. She holds an MBA from St. Gallen HSG University in Switzerland, where she was awarded the “Women in Business” Scholarship. Shira has won several other awards, including the “Seeds of Peace” scholarship, the Goldman fellowship and the Milken Fellowship. She has been featured in the Financial Times, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Bilanz, PwC CEO Magazine and other newspapers. She is mother of 3 Montessori children, and resides by the Lake of Zurich.
Terry Beech is an accomplished and experienced entrepreneur, educator, and advocate for access to education and the expansion of entrepreneurship. Terry entered public service 18 years ago when he was elected as a city councillor in Nanaimo. He was named one of Maclean's Top 30 Under 30 in 2004, one of Business in Vancouver?s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, and was also selected as an Action Canada Fellow. An Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Terry is the author of "The In-Credibility Factor", and of "A National Strategy for High Growth Entrepreneurship in Canada" which highlights his desire for Canada to become a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded and was both CEO and Chairman of HiretheWorld.com, and is a co-founder of Twinbro, a non-profit organization that has helped over 25,000 students to obtain millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid. He is a past board member of Lift Philanthropy and worked with entrepreneurs to launch and grow businesses at Beech Partners. While serving as a city councillor, Terry began his studies in Public Administration at Capilano University, who named him as one of the school's "Alumni to Watch". He holds a bachelor's degree with a joint major in Business and Economics from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford. Terry was re-elected to his second term as a Member of Parliament on October 21st, 2019. Terry has served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, as well as the Ministry of Transport.
Juan Pablo Larenas
Current Executive Director of B Lab Global, the organization behind the B Corporation movement. Co-founder of Sistema B. Co-founder of Late! (www.late.cl), a B Corp that donates 100% of its profits to social causes. Co Founder and Chairman of fiiS.org festival. Ashoka fellow since 2014 and YGL since 2018. Commercial engineer from Universidad de Chile and master in Development Management from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
Kalin Anev Janse
Kalin Anev Janse is the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board of the ESM and EFSF. He is in charge of the Funding and Investor Relations division responsible for €300 billion of outstanding debt and the Investment and Treasury division investing the €80 billion ESM capital. Additionally, he is in charge of ALM & Lending overseeing the ESM and EFSF balance sheet, and IT & Operations running technology and facilities of the institution.
Before taking on the CFO position, he was the Secretary General responsible for amongst others Corporate Governance, Shareholder relations, HR and Finance & Control. He previously worked in strategy at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, corporate finance advisory at McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands and investment banking at JPMorgan in London. He held several political positions in the Netherlands.
Kalin Anev Janse studied MSc. Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management and Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. For his undergraduate degree, he studied Business Administration in Finance, Banking and Insurance at the Vrije University Amsterdam. He is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum.
The first in her family to attend university, Sanna Marin became the youngest Prime Minister in Finnish history and the world’s youngest female state leader. She has encouraged new approaches to the future of work, social services and gender equity in her country and the world.
Angela Baker oversees Corporate Responsibility at Qualcomm. This includes Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached millions of beneficiaries. Baker also oversees Qualcomm's Sustainability team and strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.