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
Joy Dunn is the Head of Manufacturing at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a clean energy startup based in Boston, where she is responsible for building the superconducting magnets that are at the heart of a commercial fusion power plant which will provide safe, clean, and limitless energy for the world. CFS was spun out of MIT and works collaboratively with MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to combine decades of government and academic research with the innovation and speed of the private sector. Supported by the world's leading investors, the CFS team is driven by the climate change crisis to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. Before joining the CFS team in January 2019, Joy spent a decade at SpaceX developing and manufacturing the state-of-the-art Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo, and soon astronauts, to the International Space Station. She was heavily involved with the manufacturing of the Dragon 1 spacecraft and played an integral role in SpaceX's achievement of being the first private company to launch a spacecraft in orbit and also dock with the International Space Station. She managed the manufacturing engineering team responsible for substantially reducing overall spacecraft build hours and cost while overseeing Dragon's annual budget and construction of a high-tech production facility for the Crew Dragon vehicle. Joy also co-founded both the Women's Network and LGBTQ employee interest groups at SpaceX and she is actively involved in STEM outreach events, including sitting on the Board of Directors for Out For Undergrad, a non-profit that helps LGBTQ students reach their full potential. She was also named to Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017. Joy received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.
Chief Executive Officer and Partner, ZhenFund, an early stage venture capital firm in China; oversees the fund's investments, portfolio management and operations. Investments include e-commerce, artificial intelligence (AI) and education companies such as RED (XiaoHongShu), Mia, Club Factory, Perfect Diary, Yitu, Mobvoi, Horizon Robotics and VIPKID. Formerly with GE China in Corporate Business Development, responsible for GE’s M&A and BD efforts in China. Started career as an investment banker at JPMorgan New York office covering consumer and retail companies. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named among “Top 10 Early-stage Investors of the Year 2018”, Zero2IPO Group; voted “2018 China's 100 Best Investors” by entrepreneurs on 36Kr; made the Forbes Midas Brink List in 2016. Undergraduate degree in Economics, Columbia University; MBA, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Member of the Advisory Board, Columbia College and Columbia’s Global Centers; also leads the Beijing chapter of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc is the CEO of Seed Global Health which invests in the power of health to transform countries and communities. Through investments in the health workforce as a source of job creation and resiliency, Seed helps to empower countries to tackle their diverse and growing health burdens and establish a platform for economic growth, peace and security. Working closely with government, Seed also supports public policy reform to ensure lasting and equitable impact of those investments. Over the past 6 years, Seed has helped train thousands of health professionals, care for hundreds of thousands of patients and has developed a waiting list of countries. Published in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, BMJ and other venues, her work has examined how foreign engagement can better strengthen global well being, health and prosperity and enhance country agency. She graduated with honors from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, completing her clinical training at Mass General. She has a Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the mother of two.
Upon election to the position of Mayor of the City of Otsu, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, became the youngest woman ever to be elected mayor of a Japanese City. Since taking office, has focused on issues related to gender equality and childcare. LLB and LLM, Hokkaido University; LLM, Harvard Law School. Visiting Fellow, Columbia Business School. Practised law at Nishiura & Asahi, Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton, NYC.
Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow. He is a columnist for Slate, a contributing editor at National Affairs, a member of the board of New America, and an advisor to the Energy Innovation Reform Project and the Niskanen Center.
Catherine Raw was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Barrick in April 2016, having joined the company in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance. She was previously a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining equity funds. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a MA in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.
I’m the CEO of http://torre.co. At Torre, we're building a new professional network that reinvents the way jobs and talent are matched by using AI, social graphs, and hundreds of factors. Torre's goal is to become *the* global platform that enables everyone to find fulfilling professionals opportunities easily.
Previously, I co-founded and bootstrapped http://voice123.com in 2002 (the first and largest global marketplace for voice-overs with over 200,000 voice actors and 100,000 buyers), as well as http://bunnystudio.com in 2011 (a mission-critical outsourcing solution for writing, voice recordings, ads, and translations), with my wife Tania Zapata. With hundreds of thousands of users, availability in five languages, and team members in 10+ countries, both companies are growing steadily. In 2019, with Santiago Jaramillo as CEO, I co-founded http://emma.holdings, a group holding that invests in and operates digital platforms.
I was honored by MIT’s Technology Review with the TR35 Top Colombian Innovator of the Year award in 2012, with the High-Impact Entrepreneur title by Endeavor in 2013, and named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.
Together, Tania and I have angel-invested in 20+ tech companies. I joined Sony's Shark Tank Colombia as an investor in 2017. In 2019, I co-founded the Torrenegra Accelerate (http://torrenegra.com/) to provide life-long acceleration to bootstrapped entrepreneurs. I've written several practical guides and frameworks: https://medium.com/tag/torrenegra-frameworks/latest
Chief Conservation Scientist, Centre for Wildlife Studies; Adjunct Faculty, Duke and NCBS. PhD from Duke; MESc from Yale; BS-BA degrees, University of Florida. Research in Asia spans 22 years focusing on human dimensions of wildlife conservation. Has published 100 scientific and popular articles, mentored 150 scientists and engaged 700 citizen scientists. Work has been covered by 150 media outlets, including the BBC, National Geographic, NPR, New York Times, Time. Featured in 3 BBC series; co-produced documentaries “Wild Seve”, “Humane Highways” and “Wild Shaale”. Recipient of more than 40 honours and recognitions, including the National Geographic Society's 10,000th grantee and Emerging Explorer, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, UF Outstanding Young Alumnus, INK Fellow, Elle, Vogue and Femina Women of the Year, and Thrive Conservation Leadership Award. 2019, received WINGS Women of Discovery Award, GQ Environmental Hero, Beyond Duke Alumni Award and the Rolex Award for Enterprise.
Ida Liu is Head of Citi Private North America. She oversees our Ultra High Net Worth business and has extensive global investments experience.
Ida joined Citi from Vivienne Tam, a women’s wear design house, where she was Global
Head of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Prior to this, Ida was an investment banker for Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong. She started her career as a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at BT Wolfensohn (now Deutsche Bank).
Ida is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and a featured speaker at many industry events including the Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference, the Goldman Sachs Brokering Change Conference, the Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum and the Ernst & Young Corporate Best Practice Conference.
Ida is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Crain’s 40 Under 40, Financial Times Top 100 Advisors and Top 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business.
Ida serves as a Board Member of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and as a Board Member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Group. She is also an Advisor to Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle Group.
Ida holds a BA with honors from Wellesley College, a Merrill Lynch Executive MBA from
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Kennedy School Global
Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and
Spanish and conversant in Italian and Russian.