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.
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Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
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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
Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir
Faizal commenced his legal career as a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court. He is presently at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, after a stint as General Counsel of the Singapore Medical Council. An advocate of educational causes who founded a scholarship program for high-potential lower-income students, Faizal chairs his alma mater’s Advisory Board and sits on the MUIS Appeal Board. He has also served as a member of the Committee for University Education Places Beyond 2015.
Faizal has been recognised for his contributions to the law, public service and the community, having been conferred, inter alia, the Public Administration Medal (Bronze), the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award, the International Insolvency Institute's Gold Medal Prize in Insolvency Studies and the Association of Conflict Resolution’s International Outstanding Leadership Award. He holds degrees from NUS and Harvard University.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO and Executive Director of the $8.6 billion global enterprise HCL Corporation; is responsible for strategic decisions regarding the overall direction of the organization. Roshni is also a Vice Chairperson on the Board of HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee.
Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which has established the SSN Institutions, today among the top private engineering colleges in India, the interdisciplinary Shiv Nadar University, the transformational VidyaGyan Leadership Academies, the progressive Shiv Nadar Schools, the iconic Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the innovative Shiksha, a technology-led intervention in rural education to eradicate illiteracy from India.
Roshni is also the Founder & Trustee of The Habitats Trust, a foundation working towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species.
Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders. In 2017, she was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College. More recently, in December 2018, Forbes featured her in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.
Roshni has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, majoring in Communication with focus on Radio/TV/Film. She later earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a focus on Social Enterprise and Management & Strategy. At Kellogg, she was a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
MPA, Harvard. Twenty years of work experience in the central government, for a sovereign wealth fund, international investment banks and a state-owned bank. Formerly with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Participated in the establishment of CIC. Former Director, ABN AMRO and RBS. Currently, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Communications International. Executive Director, China Investment Association. Vice-Chairman, China VC&PE. Freelance writer: Caixin; China Reform.
BA, MA and PhD, Harvard University. Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, researching on issues of globalization and the Chinese economy. Member of the Board, Richemont Group. Has experience at the World Bank, the IMF, the New York Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Shaharzad Akbar is currently Senior Advisor to National Program on Culture and Creative Economy with UNESCO Afghanistan . She was Senior Advisor to Afghan President on High Development Councils (August 2017-August 2018) and in this capacity, coordinated the prioritization of development projects and programs for high level decision-making. Prior to this, Shaharzad was Country Director for Open Society Afghanistan (Sep 2014-July 2017), a non-profit that supports Afghan civil society and media in building a vibrant and tolerant society. Before this, Shaharzad was partner and chief operating officer with QARA Consulting, a firm owned and run by young Afghans in Kabul which she co-founded in 2010, an analyst for the Free and Fair Elections Foundation and a journalist for BBC Afghanistan.
Shaharzad completed an MPhil at Oxford University as a Weidenfeld scholar in 2011; previously she obtained her BA (cum laude) in anthropology from Smith College in the U.S.
Shaharzad’s writing has appeared in international and Afghan media including Newsweek and Al Jazeera, and academic journals. Based in Kabul and an active tweeter and writer, Shaharzad engages on issues related to her country and her generation. Currently, she is also an adjunct instructor with the American University of Afghanistan. In 2017, she was selected by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.
Billy Parish is Founder and CEO of Mosaic, the largest home solar finance company in the U.S., named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company for the past two years. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 300,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and also expanded Americorps with a new “Clean Energy Service Corps”. He has been honored as a Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife and two daughters.
Burcu Geris has a degree in Business from Bogazici University and MBA degree from London Business School and Columbia Business School. Burcu has 15 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. She started her career as a banker where she was involved in the financing of various privatization, infrastructure and energy projects between 1999-2005. She joined TAV Airports in 2005 where she headed Project and Structured Finance Department for 7 years. She became CFO of TAV in 2012 at the age of 34, the youngest woman CFO in Turkey and probably one of the youngest in the world. At TAV Airports, Burcu completed the financing and refinancing of eight airport projects totalling US$4.5bn. She played a significant role in the IPO of the company and various share sales transactions. Geris holds board member positions in TAV subsidiaries. She was selected as a “Rising Talent” in 2013 by Women’s Forum. Burcu has been voted “Best CFO in Investor Rela tions-2nd in Turkey” and 4th in Eurpoean Transport Sector by Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys in 2014. She is fluent in English and French. Burcu lives in Istanbul with her husband and 2 children.
Studies, Harvard, New York University. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, trendyol.com, the largest e-commerce company in Turkey. Founding Partner, Peak Games, a mobile gaming company. Angel investor in six technology companies worldwide. Global Shaper, World Economic Forum. Recipient of awards and honours, including: named to list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune; BOF500; named to Fortune 40 under 40
Zhivko Mukaetov heads Alkaloid AD Skopje, Macedonia’s largest pharmaceutical company. He also sits on the boards of various institutions in Macedonia and abroad, including Vice-President of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the US-based organization Macedonia 2025, Board Member Summit 100 Business Leaders of SEE. Mukaetov is involved in numerous activities fostering social responsibility. The foundation he runs has granted 264 scholarships to students of medicine and pharmacy since its establishment in 2007. For his extraordinary involvement in the sphere of business and corporate social responsibility, he has been awarded various national and international acknowledgments, such as the Mother Theresa and Golden Medal granted by the Red Cross of Macedonia. In 2007, he was appointed Consul General of the Kingdom of Denmark to Macedonia.