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
Roy Hessel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Clearly Group (Clearly.ca), the world’s largest online eyewear seller. Through their brands Clearly.ca, FramesDirect, Lensway and EyeBuyDirect.com, the group sells its products in 150 countries. Roy has been a pioneer of online optical since he founded EyeBuyDirect in Shanghai in 2005 with the ambition to make vision correction accessible globally. In 2012 Roy sold EyeBuyDirect to the Essilor Group (EPA:EI) and partnered with Essilor to create the world’s largest online optical group that provides access to product and education to vision consumers worldwide. Education: Harvard Business School (OPM), MBA Rutgers Business School; Tel Aviv University (Economics and Philosophy); The George Washington University The Eliot School of International Affairs, Washington D.C. where he received the Presidential International Scholarship.
Kalin Anev Janse
Member of the Management Board and Secretary-General of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), responsible for funding, asset liability management and lending. Previously worked for the European Investment Bank, where one task was to coordinate setting up the EFSF. Prior to this, worked as a Corporate Finance and Strategy Consultant for McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands. Has also worked in investment banking at JPMorgan in London and in corporate governance and project finance for Honeywell Spain in Madrid. MBA in Strategic Management, Rotterdam School of Management and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BBA in Finance, Banking and Insurance, Vrije University Amsterdam. During career, has attended executive education programmes at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Maria Soledad Nuñez Mendez
Social entrepreneur focused on addressing urban poverty. Former Minister of Housing and Habitat in Paraguay. The youngest person ever appointed a Cabinet-level minister in Paraguay. Has overseen a dramatic increase in the production of social housing for low-income households. Responsible for coordinating the implementation of the country’s New Urban Agenda, leading the National Committee of Habitat, which includes more than 50 public and private institutions. Elected President of the Regional Assembly of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development for LAC. In the past, coordinated the implementation of a National Poverty Eradication Plan from the Technical Planning Secretariat in the President's office. Past-Director of TECHO Paraguay, a non-governmental organization that provides emergency housing solutions and promotes the active involvement of young people in the policy making process. Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Asunción. Alumni of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. Master of Public Policy Candidate at Oxford University.
Lisa Ivers is a core member of the Global Advantage practice at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and the Leader of its Morocco office. She a joined BCG in 2006. Her work is focused on developing the firm’s public- and private-sector business in Morocco. She has acquired deep expertise in the areas of strategy and reform. Beyond Morocco, Lisa is a deeply committed contributor to BCG's development on the African continent. She has also been selected as a WEF Young Global Leader. Prior to joining BCG, she was a strategic analyst with BNP Paribas. She graduated from HEC Paris.
Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; PhD in Chemistry, Stanford University. As a graduate student, Stanford University, co-invented a set of technologies called optogenetics for studying the function of brain circuits. Former: Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows. Currently, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, McGovern Institute; James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, MIT. Developed CRISPR technology for genome engineering and applying it to study diseases and development treatments. Recipient of awards and honours.
For over a decade, Neha worked at the intersection of the creative and social sectors. Having founded India’s first international art fair, she ran it successfully for ten years before selling the business to MCH Basel and moving her focus entirely to the marginalised sector of mental health.
Being a passionate social entrepreneur, Neha brings tremendous experience in weaving impact networks with great passion and commitment, stemming from her own experiences and her family’s struggle with schizophrenia.
Her mental health consulting venture Librum Ltd recently launched in the UK as the world’s first strategic think tank for mental health solutions; co-founded with Dr. Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School.
She then expanded her focus to setting up a consumer facing venture - Mind O2 - an omni channel health tech platform, enabling discovery and delivery of mental health services across the developing world.
As a trained therapist and a mental health caregiver, Neha has lent her voice to a global mental health advocacy movement across 15 countries, led by United for Global Mental Health, UK. She is a member of the general body of Sangath, an International NGO specializing in mental health research and a strategic advisor to DharmaLife, a rural women empowerment NGO.
An Aspen fellow and an Eisenhower fellow, Neha is part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community and a recipient of the President of India’s prestigious Nari Shakti Award. She has been named amongst Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 and received the coveted Business Today’s India’s Most Powerful Women award for three consecutive years.
BSc (Hons), Public Affairs, Indiana Univ. Former: Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House responsible for the US-Africa Leaders Summit and the President Obama's economic agenda in Africa, lead negotiator, UN General Assembly, NY and Geneva, for contentious negotiations on human rights in N. Korea, Burma, Iran, Somalia, Sudan. Consultations with African Union in Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, S. Africa, Swaziland, Sudan. 2005, Special Assistant to US Ambassador in Ethiopia. May 2007, first US Gov't rep. to participate in African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), Ghana. May 2008, represented US at ACHPR session, Swaziland. Coordinated logistics for US President in advance of trips several times. 2004, Section Chief, Business and Human Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Currently Senior Adviser on Corp. Responsibility, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; US National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Manages PPPs and multistakeholder initiatives with other governments, multilateral institutions, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs. Responsible for US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
BA, Duke; MA, Harvard; DPhil candidate in Art History, Oxford. Formerly: China Adviser to Art Basel; Lecturer, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Founding Editor, artforum.com.cn, the Chinese edition of the international art magazine Artforum. 2009, Founder and former Editorial Director, bilingual art magazine LEAP. Writer, curator, and since 2011, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; organizes an exhibition programme devoted to established figures and rising talents, both Chinese and international, aimed at an annual public of over one million visitors. Co-Curator, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2017.
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.