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.
Seeking New Leadership: Responsible leadership for a sustainable and equitable world
Congratulations to our 2014 YGL Graduating Class
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
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
Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean, the world’s largest Research and Expedition Vessel (REV) currently under construction which will be available for scientists, NGOs, policy makers, innovators, engineers and marine stakeholders. Equipment onboard will include scientific trawls, laboratories, a lecture auditorium, moonpool, sub-marine, advanced communication equipment and a high-tech incinerator system for plastic waste.
All REV Ocean initiatives are based on open collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, working toward the same common goal – preserving our ocean.
She started this position in 2018 after 15 years in WWF-Norway, CEO since 2012. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for oceans, conservation and sustainable solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø, and has a background in communications and marketing from Ogilvy& Mather. She is a Board member of The Business for Peace Foundation. Member of the Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Award. Member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award and the Prize Committee for the Rachel Carson Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.
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.
Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 World Champion in 2016 with Mercedes AMG Petronas and announced his retirement 5 days later.
Since his retirement Nico continues his work as an ambassador for many international brands and has become a Greentech entrepreneur. He has investments in a variety of companies such as Formula E, Lilium, Chargepoint & Lyft and has also now co-founded the GREENTECH Festival which launched in May 2019.
He remains linked to motor sport through his commentary for SKY & RTL, his Rosberg Racing young driver’s academy and his engineering company TRE.
His recently launched podcast 'Beyond Victory' topped the charts for download and his Youtube and other social media channels are a big passion.
When he is not working he spends as much time as possible with his wife Vivian and two young daughters.
An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.
Cal Henderson is an experienced technology leader, having previously built and led the engineering team at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo. He was a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and many others.
Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Gary is also the Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019. Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.
Fourth-generation entrepreneur, developmental enthusiast and venture philanthropist. Chairperson and Founder, IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation; Executive Director, SCA Group of Companie, founded in 1896. SCA Group undertakes activities in supply chain and logistics sector. Believes in entrepreneurial ecosystems that create livelihood opportunities. Dedicates time, expertise and philanthropy for the cause and has been committed to it over the past decade. 2014, drove 18,181 kilometres across India to gather information on peoples’ choices and views for entrepreneurship, livelihood and development. Traveling for 51 days with a team, visited 102 locations and interviewed more than 3,000 Indians from all walks of life. Listed as one of the 30 most Powerful Women in India, India Today. KBF Fellow, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Aspen Institute. Responsible Leader, BMW World Responsible Leaders Forum. Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honour society, USA. Former National Chairman, CII's Young Indians. Member of the Trilateral Commission. Trustee, India@75 Foundation and Ananta Centre. Trained classical dancer; passionate about the arts. Co-creating sustainable livelihoods for communities in higher Himalayas is a mission close to her heart.
Assistant Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. One of the few women leaders in central banking and a strong advocate of financial literacy and women’s access to finance. Has led to the incorporation of financial literacy into Cambodia’s general education programme and a proof of concept on the use of blockchain technology to make financial transactions more affordable studied. Co-founded an NGO, sits on a number of others that focus on healthcare, and champions greater collaboration between NGOs and governments.
Iim Fahima Jachja
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Queenrides, an online-offline community platform dedicated to empower women to ride/drive safely using feminine approach of safety, style and beauty. It has a 200,000-strong community in Indonesia and is now a collaboration platform for the public and private sectors, NGOs and government. In 2018, Queenrides selected by the World Economic Forum as a leading start-up in the ASEAN region. Formerly, active in the digital advertising industry. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virus Communication, which brought digital advertising to Indonesia in 2005. 2011, appointed Chief Executive Officer, Virtual Consulting (VIRTUCO), which owns Musikkamu.com with 20 million paid subscribers and Gila Motor, media with the most engage online-offline motorbike community with 700,000 members. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2014). Recipient of international awards and honours, including: named to list of 10 International Young Creative Entrepreneurs, British Council (2007); among 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Asia, Business Week Magazine (2009); among 10 ASEAN Entrepreneurs, ASEAN Entrepreneurs Community (2015). Speaker at local and international events and often invited by magazines, radio stations and television stations to speak on entrepreneurship, start-ups, and women-related issues.