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.

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Meet our members

Ankur Jain

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kairos, USA

Ankur Jain is founder and CEO of Kairos, a venture fund building and investing in companies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Over the years, Kairos has helped launch and grow over $6.5bn worth of companies tackling problems in healthcare, housing costs, transportation networks, and more. Before rejoining Kairos in May 2017, Jain was the VP of Product at Tinder, the world’s largest social network for meeting people. He joined Tinder after it acquired his previous company, Humin, where he served as Founder & CEO.

Over the years Jain has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World” and awarded Jain “30 Under 30”. In 2012, Jain was named “30 under 30: Solution Broker” by the Christian Science Monitor. And in 2015, Forbes also named Jain to their “30 under 30” list. Jain also currently serves on the innovation board of the X-Prize foundation and as a member of the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations.

Li Jia

Adjunct Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Jia Li is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She also serves as an advisor to the UNICEF. She co-founded DawnLight Technologies and served as the founding CEO. She was the Head of R&D at Google Cloud AI. Her org at Google focuses on both research and innovation to solve real world problems and develop the full stack of AI products on Google Cloud to power solutions for diverse industries. Before joining Google, she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort. Before Snap, she led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs. Jia received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She is serving as the Associate Editor of the Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics by Springer and the Computer Vision Foundation Industrial Advisory Board Member. She served as the Program Chair of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2017, Area Chair for ICCV 2017, Industry Relationship Chair in CVPR 2016 and Volunteers Chair in CVPR 2010 in the past. In 2014, she was selected to receive the Super Star award at Yahoo!, the highest award at the company. She was also awarded the Master Inventor Award for her innovations in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Vision, E-Commerce, Product Recommendation and Image Search. She was the leader of the OPTIMOL team, which won the first prize in the Semantic Robotics Vision Challenge sponsored by NSF and AAAI in 2007.

Carol Reiley

Founder and Member of the Board, Drive.ai, USA

An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.

Eduardo Leite

Governor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Leading a state of 11 million inhabitants, Eduardo Figueiredo Cavalheiro Leite's main focus as governor has been to improve health, education and infrastructure in his region. His work has been instrumental to Pelotas' first urgent care unit, a maternity programme credited with reducing infant mortality, and a nationally recognized disease prevention programme.

Niki Kerameus

Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, Greece

Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.

David Alexander Walcott

Founder and Managing Partner, Novamed, Jamaica

David is a Medical Doctor (MD., Ph.D. MSc.) and Entrepreneur with over 5-years experience as a Founder, Operator and Consultant to several businesses in the Caribbean. Professionally, he is committed to attracting world-class healthcare resources into emerging markets through Novamed, a healthcare holdings & consulting firm that actions best-practices and global insights through its portfolio companies spanning healthcare services, strategy consulting in healthcare, medical education & conferences. His work in healthcare has been recognized by Forbes, World Economic Forum, the United Nations and the IMF and his firm led the largest private donation of PPE into the Caribbean and has completed extensive public & private sector projects in emerging market healthcare. He is also Founding Partner of The Visionaries’ Summit & My Destination Experience, knowledge & opportunity exchange platforms designed to attract investment into the Caribbean convening a community controlling US$140 billion in equity that has seeded over US$300 million in investments in the region. A Rhodes Scholar, his academic profile includes Oxford, INSEAD & Harvard and he is the previous Co-Chair of the Global Shapers' Covid-19 Steering Committee and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council.

Aria Finger

Chief Executive Officer, DoSomething.org, USA

Chief Executive Officer, DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change with 5 million+ members worldwide. Founder and President, DoSomething Strategic. Expertise in engaging and activating GenZ and Millennials worldwide. Specific focus on voter registration and government in the US for 2020 and beyond. Member of the Board: Change.org; Care for the Homeless. Adjunct Professor, New York University. Former Curator, Global Shapers New York City Hub and Young Global Leader (2016), World Economic Forum. Named to Crain's Business 40 under 40. BA in Economics and Political Science, Washington University, St Louis; Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, Stanford Business School.

Hannah Yeoh

Member of Parliament, Segambut, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia, Malaysia

Hannah Yeoh is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and 2nd term State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP). She was first elected into office in the historic elections of 2008 at the age of 29. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practising lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before she ventured into politics. After securing re-election in the last elections in 2013, she was elected as Speaker, making her the first woman Speaker in Malaysia and currently its youngest. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls, Shay Adora and Kayleigh Imani. Both Ram and Hannah are passionate about nation-building and seek to inspire Malaysians to play their respective parts in establishing a righteous nation free from corruption and racial discrimination.

Bodour Al Qasimi

Chairperson, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - Shurooq, United Arab Emirates

President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), and a global authority in the international publishing scene. Leading a number of diversity initiatives in the sector and promoting robust and more cohesive regional publishing hubs worldwide. Has been at the forefront of socio-economic and cultural development in native Sharjah and the wider United Arab Emirates, receiving in the process a number of regional and global accolades. Avid advocate of the role of books and literacy in social development and has led, through the Kalimat Foundation, a number of campaigns to provide books for refugees and children affected by conflicts around the world. In 2019, established PublisHer, a rapidly growing platform with the vision of building a global, supportive community of women in publishing to create more gender diversity and equality of opportunity in the international publishing sector.