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
Founder and President of the Granito Group, an investment banking and consulting company for the sustainable economy. He holds over 15 years of experience in government and international organizations working with foreign affairs and economic cooperation. From 2011 to 2014 served as Head of the São Paulo State Government's Office of Foreign Affairs. His academic path includes the universities of Harvard (Senior Research Fellow), Columbia (Research Fellow on a postdoc grant), Gothenburg (Ph.D.) and California, Berkeley (Visiting Research Fellow). Author of 4 books, including "Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players" (Oxford University Press). He was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2017), and StartUp Portugal Ambassador (2018).
Harry Wang Huai
Huai (Harry) Wang is a founding and managing partner of Linear Venture L.P. (Linear) and the Chairman of the Youth Group of China's Future Forum, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of influential scientists, entrepreneurs and investors in China in 2015. Its mission is to establish an interdisciplinary platform in the Greater China region to promote science, the ultimate driving force of human civilization, and scientists, the torchbearers who illuminate the path to the future. At Linear Ventures, Harry has led investments in more than 40 technology companies, including sector leading startups such as Horizon Robotics(www.horizon-robotics.com, US$300M), Rokid (rokid.com, US$650M), FraudMetrix(www.tongdun.cn, US$650M), SensorsData(www.sensorsdata.cn, US$50M), TaoData(www.taodatarobot.com, US$50M), SeetaTech (www.seetatech.com, US$60M), etc. He also served as a CEO advisor to Dianping.com(US$7B) and Baixing(US$700M). In 2013, Huai published his first book, How Facebook was Engineered, which became popular in the Internet startup community. He served as a Judge for Forbes China 30 under 30 in 2014 and 2013. Prior to founding Linear, Huai worked for Facebook in California as an engineering manager and joined Facebook in its early years (early 2007) when there were about 100 employees. Harry is the first Chinese citizen who took an engineering leadership role at Facebook. He earned his MS degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and his BS degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang Univerity. Harry serves as a member of the Council for the i-tech school in the Institute of Computing Technology Chinese Acadamy of Science. Harry is also a China Fellow at Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Tara Singh Vachani
Tara Singh Vachani is the Managing Director of Antara Senior Living, focused on improving the lives of seniors. Antara Senior Living is the first Indian venture creating vibrant residential communities that offer lifestyle with lifecare. Tara is also engaged with the Max India Foundation.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an entrepreneur in the public interest. He is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy.
Over those years, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year. It also attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital (Led by the Former CEO of Visa), Mastercard amongst others.
Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organization with over 1000 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others.
Iyin now heads Fund for Africa’s Future where he spends time helping founders, philanthropists and investors from around the world understand how to do build fast growing and impactful technology businesses in Africa. He is working to identify passionate and experienced missionary entrepreneurs with the integrity and courage to flawlessly execute in Africa while developing a data backed and informed point of view on how to turn Africa's largest challenges into incredible business opportunities.
Fund for Africa’s Future celebrates missionary entrepreneurs while empowering them to serve the next generation of missionary entrepreneurs.
Iyinoluwa holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo; and sits on the board of several institutions including Paris’ Share Africa Project, Rainbow Educational Services Limited and Filmo Realty.
Romana Abdullah is CEO of Highpoint Ventures (Pvt) Ltd and leads Hopscotch, a kidswear brand she co-founded in 2014. Today, Hopscotch has 25+ stores in 13 cities in Pakistan and an e-commerce website, www.ilovehopscotch.com.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Romana was part of the management team of MCB Bank, one of Pakistan’s largest banks, leading their strategic planning, transformation and new initiative functions. Earlier, Romana worked at The Boston Consulting Group (Management Consulting) and Merrill Lynch (Investment Banking) in New York, where she focused on strategic, financial and operational assignments for Fortune 500 financial services and consumer clients.
Romana was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016. She is a member of the Board and Chair of the Investment cCommittee of Karandaaz, a DFID and Gates Foundation funded company that promotes access to capital for small businesses and digital financial inclusion in Pakistan, with a special focus on women and youth. She is also on the Board of Systems Limited, a publicly listed company and a global leader in next-generation IT services and BPO solutions. Romana sits on the boards of PlanX techonology incubator and Baby Planet, a kid products e-tailer. She mentors young start-ups/incubators/accelerators in her free time.
Romana has a BSc in Financial Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Nadeem Meghji is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Americas for Blackstone Real Estate, which manages $120bn of equity capital globally. In his role, Nadeem oversees a large team of investment and asset management professionals in New York, Los Angeles and Sao Paolo.
Since joining Blackstone, Nadeem has led its successful expansion into new sectors including apartments, life science office, and affordable housing, and has helped lead over $50 billion of transactions. Nadeem has also played a significant role in overseeing Blackstone’s expansion into new investment products in the U.S. This strategy involves a more modest risk profile, longer hold periods and today is one of Blackstone's fastest growing areas.
Nadeem was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a first generation Canadian whose parents emigrated to Canada in the 1970s when their community was largely expelled from their home in East Africa. Nadeem moved to the U.S. from Canada in 1998 for college and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Nadeem is a board member for the Lupus Research Alliance and is the Founder and Co-Chair of the annual Rally Against Lupus awareness event.
Minister of housing of Colombia since August 2018. Previously Vice-President of the Colombian Banking Association; has substantial experience in both the private and public sector. In the telecommunications industry, served as Executive Director of the Colombian National Program of Telecommunications and as Controller, Chief of Staff, Chief Economist and Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Telefonica Colombia.
Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Has been an outspoken advocate for fair competition, consumer rights and accountability for corporations that break the law. Widely recognized for his expertise on America's trillion-dollar student loan crisis.
Bill Liu Zihong
2009, PhD in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, California, USA. 2004, BSc (Hons) and 2006, MSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; 2009-2012, with IBM, New York. 2012-now, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royole.
Royole Corporation is a pioneer and the global leader in the flexible technology industry that is transforming the way people experience and interact with the world. Royole has leveraged its proprietary flexible technology to produce fully flexible displays (FFD) and sensors (FFS), and a full range of next-generation human-machine interface products, including foldable smartphones and other smart devices. Royole also provide tailored solutions to global customers in six major industries – smart mobile devices, smart transportation, media and entertainment, sports and fashion, smart home, and office and education.
Royole's significant intellectual property rights and innovative engineering and design capabilities enabled the company to achieve a number of industry milestones, including the world's thinnest full-color FFD, the world's first FFD production facility with commercial production, and the world's first foldable smartphone with flexible display brought to market, FlexPai™.
Founded in 2012, Royole Corporation has offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and California. Royole has over 2000 employees globally, with a market valuation of USD $6 Billion as of early 2019.