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.
There is huge talent in the world's refugee camps. We must realize this overlooked potential
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
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5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
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
Connie M. Chan
Connie Chan is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley based technology venture capital firm. Since joining Andreessen Horowitz in 2011, Ms. Chan has been working closely with startups, and spearheaded the firm’s Asia network helping companies navigate Asia opportunities. Her writing has sparked new debate about innovation in China, and her writing on WeChat won a Sidney award in 2015. Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, she worked at HP and led its webOS efforts in China. She started her career as a private equity investor at Elevation Partners, investing in media and entertainment. She has been named a LinkedIn NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Ms. Chan received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford.
Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues including: social and labour policies and macroeconomic policy among other areas. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: “Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter”; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and “The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development”. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Development Finance.
BA in Physics, University of Chicago; PhD in Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology. Currently, Irani Chair of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California. Director of O'Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory. Research is focused on advanced functional materials for integrated photonics for telecommunications and cancer diagnostics/prognostics. Fellow: OSA. PECASE, NIH New Innovator, ONR Young Investigator Awardee. Northrop Grumman Faculty Fellow.
Bioengineer, entrepreneur and designer. Research focuses on biointerface, involving interdisciplinary studies that combine the knowledge of biotechnology, advanced materials, and design. Vision is to fill the gap between research and real-world applications by enabling easy to access technology and more affordable products. Has been working on numerous research and commercial projects, for instance, producing therapeutic proteins and small molecule drugs with novel processes, making sustainable biofuel from waste, removing sulphur from diesel, and fabricating innovative healthcare/household products using biological living materials. Recent research focuses on innovative materials to enhance well-being, such as functional and shape-shifting food. Work has been recognized by the media (Washington Post, CNN, Discovery), academia (Science Advances, JACS, ACM-CHI), and the public (through exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica).
Ramzi is a director at e.construct which specializes in value engineering and structural design in addition to working on 3D concrete printing along with UHPC - ultra high performance concrete.
Ramzi Jaber is also the cofounder of Visualizing Impact (VI), an interdisciplinary organization that specializes in data visualization, technology and data journalism creating visual stories on social issues.
Ramzi has also co-created onlinecensorship.org (OC), a platform that promotes transparency and accountability of the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc). Ramzi has also served as key organizer and curator of TEDxRamallah, an independently organized TED event, showcasing inspirational stories of Palestine.
Ramzi's work has been featured in CNN, BBC, Fortune, Policy Mic, Foreign Policy , Fast Company, Jazeera, Open Democracy, Stanford Daily, Global Voices, Guardian and has given talks at Google Mountain view and a TEDx Talk at TEDxSummit in Doha. During the Spring of 2012 he was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Ramzi has been recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow, has been featured by Creative Commons and a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow. For two years in a row, Ramzi has been selected as one of the 100 most influential young Arabs and 100 most powerful arabs under 40
Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer and the only woman to hold these simultaneous titles. Although she is most known for being the first Bangladeshi and Bengali in the world to climb the Seven Summits, aka the highest mountains of every continent, her passion has always been driven by causes close to her heart. She has won numerous national and global awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women through the field of adventure. She was named by Outside magazine as one of 40 women in the last 40 years who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats, and by Men's Journal as one of the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years. She is the founder of Osel Foundation, which empowers marginalized girls from Bangladesh and Nepal through the outdoors. As an Expedition Expert for National Geographic, and in her own capacity, she takes leaders on journeys into nature to connect with self, humanity and the earth so that together we can commit to solutions that will create positive change for our planet. Nazreen currently is working on her memoir and two film projects based out of Los Angeles.
-emerging markets technology adoption
Torsten Lichtenau, a partner at Bain & Company since 2004, has extensive international experience having been based in Bain’s London, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg offices and having worked in Europe, Africa and the US. He is a German and Swiss national, who grew up across Europe.
The focus of his work is driving corporate transformations. A member of Bain’s global organization practice with deep expertise on complexity reduction, he also heads the ‘Results Delivery’ practice in London.
He has a passion for people and invests in developing individuals (member of the Bain Academy training the next generation of African leaders).
Senior Fellow at the University of International Business and Economics, in Beijing. Formerly, Secretary of Foreign Trade of Brazil and Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. WEF Young Global Leader 2014.