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During a transformational five-year experience, YGLs are inspired to be bold in undertaking a sense of shared responsibility, impact and ambition.

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Tulsi Gabbard

Congresswoman from Hawaii (D), 2nd District, United States House of Representatives, USA

Tulsi Gabbard, grew up in beautiful Hawai‘i. As a teenager, she co-founded an environmental non-profit called Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, focused on educating children about protecting Hawaii’s environment. An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi was elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2002 when she was just 21 years old, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. A year later, she joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard to serve Hawai‘i and our country. In 2004, Tulsi volunteered to deploy with her fellow soldiers, becoming the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.

Tulsi served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour. In between her two tours, Tulsi served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), where she advised him on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran issues. While working for Senator Akaka in 2007, Tulsi graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy, where she was the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy's 50-year history. Tulsi was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and again assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard—this time to serve as the Military Police Platoon Leader.

In 2010, Tulsi was elected to the Honolulu City Council, serving as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee. Tulsi was elected in 2012 to the United States House of Representatives, serving Hawaii’s 2nd District. She is one of the first two female combat veterans to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and also its first and only Hindu member.

Tulsi also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee where she is a strong advocate for veterans, our service members, and making smart strategic decisions that best secure our nation. Tulsi is working every day to make sure we have a sustainable economy that works for all families, with access to affordable health care, good jobs, and a quality education.

Komal Dadlani

Chief Executive Officer, Lab4U, Chile

While studying biochemistry at the University of Chile, Komal Dadlani became aware that there was a lack of scientific instruments in laboratories. In 2013, at 24, Komal co-founded Lab4U with a team of 3 biochemists and software engineers to tackle this issue. Dadlani is changing the paradigm of science education by transforming a ubiquitous technology into an empowering scientific instrument.

Lucy d'Arville

Partner, Bain International Inc., Australia

A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.

Atsumi Hasegawa

Chief Executive Officer, Litalico Inc., Japan

Atsumi Hasegawa was born in February 1985. After graduating from the Department of Mathematics at Nagoya University School of Science in 2008, he became the Chief Executive Officer of LITALICO Inc. in 2009.

Pham Thi Ngan

Co-Founder, Tohe Social Enterprise, Viet Nam

Ngan is Co-founder of Tohe Social Enterprise in Vietnam. Tohe provides a creative learning playground for disadvantaged children to play and experience arts. Selected artworks from art classes has been used as prints on lifestyle products, branded under the name Tohe and distributed both in Vietnam and internationally. Portion of profits are used to fund the creative classes & scholarship program for talented children. Ngan is also the co-founder of Nguyencomm, a successful start up which is highly regarded in Vietnam as one of the most local creative firm in the advertising/communication. Their major clients include World Bank, British Council, Unilever, BP, Coca Cola.…etc. Ngan has been deeply touched by how disadvantaged children are marginalized and deprived in Vietnam – with limited access to resources, love. She would want TOHE to give children an opportunity to have fun with arts and to discover their unhidden talents. TOHE also demonstrate to these children that creative work as a potential career for those who are talented in these areas and that creative work also creates economic value and is becoming a new trend of international economy (creative economy).

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Finance of Belgium, Belgium

Former: Minister of Pensions; Party Chairman, Open Vld (liberal democrats); Entrepreneur, Darts-IP; Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group. Currently: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Development, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services of Belgium; Mayor of Brakel. Interests: international development; sub-Saharan Africa; digital agenda; digitalization for development; entrepreneurship; European policy; Sustainable Development Goals; humanitarian relief.

Liu Meng

Head, Asia and Oceania, United Nations Global Compact China, People's Republic of China

Formerly: worked for the non-profit sector across the US and in Asia; Fellow on Asian public policy, Harvard Kennedy School. 2007, joined the United Nations; currently, Head of Asia and Oceania, United Nations Global Compact, overseeing over 15 country networks and operations across the region. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of Responsibility Changes the World-UN Global Compact Leading Business Revolution Worldwide. Speaks at global and regional conferences on the topics of corporate social responsibility, inclusive business, climate change, cross-sector partnership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ruba Borno

Vice-President and General Manager, Cisco, USA

Ruba Borno is the VP/GM of Cisco Managed Services. Ruba runs a global team that helps Cisco's most strategic customers accelerate their digital transformations, while reducing inefficiencies, maximizing system availability, and improving security and compliance. Prior to her current role, Ruba spent three years as Cisco's VP, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to CEO, and worked across the executive leadership team to develop the company?s growth and transformation strategy. In April 2018, Ruba was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of Experian. She is an Executive Sponsor of Cisco's Connected Conservation efforts and is a board member for the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley where she is applying her passion for STEM education to take the Tech's programs global. She has worked with the World Economic Forum to establish a skills-based education platform for individuals whose jobs will be impacted by automation, as well as organizations like the United Way of the Bay Area and City Year Silicon Valley on experiential work and education of disenfranchised youth.

Kirsten Parker

Director, Solutions Strategy, Mind Gym, United Kingdom

Kirsten is Solutions Strategy Director at Mind Gym, a people consultancy that works with a majority of S&P 100 and FTSE 100 companies to transform the way people think, act, and behave at work. She helps clients design and implement strategic people-led solutions to issues such as performance management, diversity and inclusion, team effectiveness, resilience, engagement, ethics, and organisational change. Kirsten has 15 years of experience leading multinational professional services teams and has managed start-ups as well as leading teams through acquisitions, reorganisations, and a range of innovation, change, and engagement initiatives. Kirsten was co-founder and Managing Director of Exclusive Analysis (EA, acquired by IHS) and then Senior Director of Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting at IHS Markit. She was part of the start-up team that designed EA’s forecasting methodology, intelligence infrastructure, and geospatial software and then led the merger of the Global Insight, Jane’s, and EA political risk teams. Kirsten has delivered consulting and analytics to enable strategic planning, market entry, risk management, and social licence for clients across government and industries (financial services, natural resources, transportation, ICT, defence, and others). Previously, she worked for Common Ground Community, an innovative not-for-profit whose flagship projects are bold experiments in financing, developing, and managing urban planning, as well as in a community mental health team in the NHS and a children’s crisis team in New York. Kirsten holds a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Politics from the University of Chicago, an MSc in Applied Social Studies (Psychology, Sociology, and Public Policy) and a Diploma in Social Work from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and an MSc in Leadership & Strategy from London Business School (Sloan Fellow) and has undertaken executive education at Harvard. She is a volunteer for the UN Women UK’s Private Sector Partnerships programme, and her interests include organisational psychology, conflict and social policy, and the language of risk. Kirsten is based in the UK and has and has lived and worked in the US, Europe, Latin America, and APAC.