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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.

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Divya Seshamani

Managing Partner, Greensphere Capital Partners LLP, United Kingdom

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford; MBA, Harvard Business School. Eighteen years of experience in private equity – from mid-cap PE to large-scale infrastructure. Former Partner, TPG, a global private equity house; has worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Unilever Ventures, Parthenon and Goldman Sachs. Currently, Managing Partner and Founder, Greensphere Capital Partners, which invests in sustainable energy assets and businesses globally as well as running a triple bottom-lined fund for the UK Government (www.greensphereplc.com) and other large institutional investors. Former two-term Council Member, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Currently, Non-Executive Director, Forterra. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Passionate supporter of various environmental charities in the Pacific Northwest.

Hugo Barra

Vice-President, Virtual Reality, Facebook, USA

Hugo Barra is responsible for Xiaomi's Global division and is in charge of the company's products and operations in all markets outside of Mainland China. Before joining Xiaomi in 2013, Hugo Barra was Vice President of Android Product Management at Google. Prior to joining the Android team in Silicon Valley, he worked for Google in London as Global Director of Product Management for Mobile, a role he had since joining the company in 2008. Hugo is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with bachelors and masters degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and management science.

Leila Hoteit

Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, United Arab Emirates

BEng in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Signal Processing, Imperial College, London; MBA (Hons), INSEAD. Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Middle East; Member, Public Sector practice, leading the education and human capital development business. Thirteen years of strategy and operations experience, Middle East and Europe. Specializes in human capital development including education, workforce skilling and women's economic empowerment. Has led assignments covering human capital / education policy and strategy development, among others. Author of patents in signal processing.

Avid Larizadeh Duggan

Independent, United Kingdom

Avid is Chief Operating Officer at Kobalt Music Group. Kobalt is the leading music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model.

Avid also serves on the Board of Directors of Barclays Retail Bank.

Prior to Kobalt, Avid was a General Partner at GV and co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015).

Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and adviser since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She has been an active early investor in multiple companies, including as an angel investor in Okta (Nasdaq: OKTA). Avid also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

Avid serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also led Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK getting over 22 million people to try an hour of code. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow. She speaks French, English, Farsi, and German.

Aarti Takoordeen

Chief Financial Officer, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, South Africa

Aarti Takoordeen is a qualified CA, from the age of 24 years, younger than most, she paved her way through the Technology industry and was Finance Director by 29 years of age. Aarti is now the CFO of the JSE and excited about significantly contributing to the local South African environment for the first time in her career. Aarti is passionate about breaking the mould of traditional finance professionals and being seen as a value adding business partner in our professional sphere of influence.

Chen Man

Founder, Beijing Man Xiang Ya Tian Advertising Ltd, People's Republic of China

Chinese contemporary photographer and visual artist who created a unique visual language that revolutionized fashion photography in China. The first ever photographer to be invited to the Met Ball. Artworks have been exhibited around the world, one of which, "The Astronaut", was selected as the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in the UK. From 2003 to 2007, during the phase of cover shoot for magazine, developed a brand new "Chen Man Style" of visual expression, which marked the beginning of her creative works. Her powerful visual language attracted immediate attention throughout the fashion media industry and inspired a great number of fashion photographers in China and abroad. 2016, Guest Lecturer, UPenn Wharton China Summit, Harvard China Forum and Young President Organization Forum. 2016, Director, Creative Artists Agency. In September 2016, collaborated with The Peninsula Hotels for The Peninsula In Pink collection. Artworks have been exhibited and auctioned for charity around the world.

Jonathan Malagon

Minister of Housing, Cities and Territory, Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory of Colombia, Colombia

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.

Shin Tae-Jun

Founder, Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gojo & Company Inc., Japan

Taejun is the Founder, Representative Director and CEO of Gojo & Company, Inc., a start-up company aiming to provide financial service for everyone in the world. Founded in July 2014, Gojo currently has its operation in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India, providing microfinance for more than 400,000 people with 2,500+ group employees with unique technology applications. Gojo is one of the fastest-growing and most successful startups in Japan – its valuation is the top 3 among five-years-old startups.

Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun worked at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital and engaged in private equity investments. The financial models he made at Morgan Stanley became the template of the business plan for Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment practice. A project for which he led the deal execution at Unison Capital was awarded as the “Exit of the Year” by the Private Equity International.

While working for the industry, in 2007 he founded an NGO named Living in Peace (“LIP”), which became one of the most successful NGOs in Japan. It launched the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s investment history in 2009. LIP also has supported Japanese children living under the alternative care system (foster homes, institutions, etc.) by raising funds to improve their living conditions. As an advocate for children’s rights, Taejun visited governments’ children guidance offices all over Japan and played a pivotal role to reform the national children-care system.

In 2018, Taejun was selected as the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is also the youngest founding board member of Endeavor Japan supporting entrepreneurs around the world.

Taejun has authored 9 books about finance, child welfare, and innovation. He is the finisher of 1648 km ultra-marathon, holds a Karate black belt and attained 6 Dan of Go, an Asian board game. He loves playing drums and taking street photos of people in the world.

Tigran Khudaverdian

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Yandex, Russian Federation

Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Tigran Khudaverdian is a graduate of the Moscow State University Faculty of Physics. Before joining Yandex, he participated in developing internet projects and headed a web studio.

He joined Yandex in 2006, starting out as manager of Yandex.Passport, a service that brings together all user’s Yandex accounts in one profile. In 2008 he became head of mobile and software products. Yandex.Navigator and Yandex.Browser apps were launched under his leadership.

Tigran became head of Yandex.Taxi in 2014, and then its CEO after it became a separate company in 2015. Thanks to technologies like smart routing, machine learning, demand forecasting and smart order distribution, the Yandex.Taxi app quickly transformed taxis into an accessible, fast and safe form of transportation.

On February 7, 2018, Yandex and Uber announced that the merger of Yandex.Taxi and Uber ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries had been finalized. The combined company is held approximately 59% by Yandex, 37% by Uber, and the remaining share by employees of the group on a fully diluted basis. Tigran Khudaverdyan became the CEO of the combined business.

With Tigran at its helm, the Yandex.Taxi group has also expanded into self-driving cars and food tech.

Tigran is married and the proud father of four sons.