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
David Ikkersheim is a Partner with KPMG. He is trained as Medical Doctor, holds a MSc in Business Administration and PhD in Health Economics. His industry experience includes working with national and local health economies, hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, with extensive experience in market assessment and market entry. He has worked with various Ministries of Health (in Europe, Middle-East and Asia) on how to pay for healthcare in order to improve quality of care and efficiency as well as working with Life Science companies on how to align their innovation, portfolio and go to market strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He served on the City Council of Utrecht (The Netherlands) from 2010-2014, holding the portfolios of education, youth and welfare.
A former Senator, board member of the Development Bank of Jamaica, Managing Director of a luxury adventure destination management start-up, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Jamaica's leading think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Group Strategy Officer for the JMMB Group, a leading Caribbean financial services group and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition in Jamaica, Imani Duncan-Price, exhibits a record of successful leadership in a range of areas. With lessons garnered over her career, she is about to launch her foundation to focus on addressing education inequality for children age 5-12 ad well as women's economic empowerment.
She has, in her career, served as an international management consultant focused on the areas of business strategy, cluster competitiveness, gender strategy and social intervention, as well as co-authored extensive research on the origins of Kingston's inner-city violence, a theme she had previously explored for her Master's thesis. Indeed, Duncan-Price is a committed advocate for social and economic development, with a special focus on women's empowerment, and transforming the Jamaican economy with new industries such as medical cannabis to drive inclusive growth. After completing her year focused on sustainability and violence reduction issues as Miss Jamaica World 1995, she earned an interdisciplinary BA in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in the USA. Imani then attended Harvard University for her Masters where, as an International Development student, she co-founded AIDS-targeting NGO "Global Justice", whilst also working with the World Bank on the issue of gender and economic development.
In recognition of her leadership, Imani was named amongst 50UnderFifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica's Future by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) in 2013, a Young Global Leader in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow 2018. Imani Duncan-Price is married to Stephen and a happy and tired mother of three.
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. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. 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. 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 board member on uniting to combat NTDs
Yeoh Pei Lou
Graduated with an MEng from the University of Oxford. Currently Executive Director of FrogAsia, driving change in education through connecting schools across Malaysia through a single, cloud based learning platform, Frog. Passionate about transforming traditional classrooms into 21st century spaces and champions equal access to technology for all as a means to bridge the educational divide and bring about a positive wave of change in education.
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo
Botswana’s Minister of Investment, Trade and is Botswana’s youngest minister. Before this appointment, was the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on defence, security and foreign affairs. Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on digital cooperation chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates. Founder of Molaya Kgosi Trust, a women’s empowerment initiative. One of Botswana’s first youth delegates to the United Nations General Assembly. MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2012. Beneficiary and alumni of the US President’s Young African Leaders Initiative for young women. 2012, recipient, Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award by JCI Botswana; 2016, recipient, Botswana Change Makers Award in Business and leadership; 2016, recipient, Formidable Woman award; 2016, honoured through the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office International Leaders Program; 2019, named one of Chevening’s 35 Global Changemakers. In Parliament, voice is associated with inclusivity; inclusivity in development and ensuring services reach the people in a timely manner as their share of the national cake. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal message of “Leave no one behind”.
Sofana Rabea Dahlan
Sofana R. Dahlan (سفاّنة ربيح دحلان) is an accomplished Saudi lawyer and social entrepreneur. She holds the prized distinction of being among the first three female lawyers to have been granted the permit to practice law in Saudi Arabia. Dahlan has served as a legal consultant in different parts of the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait. Dahlan was also the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia from 2016 to 2017, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker.
Most recently she has enrolled at King’s College, London in order to pursue a Ph.D. in Culture Media and Creative Industries specialising in: The Obstacles Facing the Development of Creative Industries in Saudi Arabia: A Deep Dive into Intellectual Property Infringement and its Implications.
Dahlan is also the founder of many social enterprises that focus on developing the creative industries in the region. She is the founder of Tashkeil – a Saudi based social enterprise that incubates, accelerates and promotes creative entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of Kayan Space and Studios – a membership-based environment for creative professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers.
In 2013, Dahlan initiated, the Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI) which is a collaborative creative knowledge transfer platform that was established in 2013. Stimulated profoundly by Dahlan’s passion to work with youth and the Saudi Vision 2030, SNCI aims to map and understand the Saudi Creative Industry in order to reinforce creativity and utilize the youth to unleash its full potential and drive Saudi Arabia to a knowledge-based economy.
Dahlan is an active member of the board of directors of Khadija Bint Khuwailid Centre - a businesswoman and lobbying enter at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dahlan is also regarded as an icon for female empowerment for her advocacy to advocate cultural, heritage and socially oriented issues. She has spoken at public platforms such as Pecha Kucha in Beirut, Beirut Design Week, TEDxWomen in Barcelona, and BOLDtalks Woman and has penned
numerous articles on topics such as women’s rights, social values, and interreligious
She has completed an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from Cairo University, a postgraduate degree in Islamic Law from the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies in Egypt along with an MBA degree from the American University of Technology. In 2009, she was involved in the Harvard Executive program “Leading for the Future: The Arab Region in a Changing World” and has also obtained an executive degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard University in 2013.
Sarah Chen’s career spans across VC and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where female founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger landscape of capital, targeting the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity. Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, and she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia.
Skilled in entrepreneurship, developing leadership networks and distinguishing key economic signals from the political noise.
Chew Shou Zi
The youngest C-level manager at Xiaomi, a technology giant in China. Has played a key role in bridging Xiaomi's product and capacity to the global market.