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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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Priyanka Bakaya

Director, Renew Oceans, USA

Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, the Forbes 30 under 30 List, Conscious Company's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List, and is a Laureate of Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America for her leadership in environmental entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT.

Bakaya is the Founder & CEO of Renewlogy, which is a technology leader in developing innovative solutions for renewing waste and creating circular economies. Business Insider named Renewlogy one of the 20 Most Inspiring Companies and Inc. named it one of the 25 Most Audacious Companies. Bakaya also serves as a Director of Renew Oceans, which has received support from the National Geographic Society and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

Grandhi Kiran Kumar

Corporate Chairman, GMR Group, India

1996, after studies, joined family business as Management Trainee in Agri-Business. Subsequently held several leadership positions. With GMR Group: former Chairman, Urban Infrastructure & Highways; former Chairman, Airports; currently, Corporate Chairman, overseeing Group Finance and Corporate Strategy, Planning & Development; Member, Group Holding Board.

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Founder, Platformation Labs, Singapore

Sangeet Paul Choudary is a C-level executive advisor and an international best-selling author. He is the co-author of Platform Revolution and the author of Platform Scale. He has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the WEF and is ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally in 2016 by Thinkers50. His work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 management ideas globally for the year 2016-17.

Sangeet is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit at the MIT Media Labs, an Entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD Business School, and an executive educator with Harvard Business School Publishing. He is also the youngest person to be ranked by Thinkers50 India among the top 50 thinkers globally of Indian origin. He is a working group chair at the WEF’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems and an expert on the advisory council for the WEF’s initiative on the Digital Transformation of Industries.

Sangeet’s research has been featured in the ILO's Future of Work initiative, the Harvard Business Review, and the MIT Tech Review's business report. He is frequently quoted and published in leading journals and media including the MIT Sloan Management Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, and others. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has been invited to speak at leading global forums including the G20 Summit 2014 events, the Danish Parliament, the ILO, the Australian Financial Review Summit, the World50 Summit, the Mobile World Congress, and the World Economic Forum global and regional events.

Kaila Murnain

General Secretary, New South Wales Branch, Australian Labor Party, Australia

Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor General Secretary in January 2016, and is the first woman to hold that position. Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary in September 2013, and was the first woman to hold that position. Kaila grew up on a small farm outside of Narrabri in North-Western NSW before moving to Sydney to attend University. She has a degree in Social Science from the University of New South Wales, and is undertaking a Masters of Business Administrative (Executive MBA) at the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. Kaila joined the Labor Party in 2000 after campaigning for Australia to become a Republic and served as Vice President of NSW Young Labor from 2005-2007. Kaila has served in the NSW Labor Party Office since 2008, as the NSW Labor Organiser (Communications and Training) and prior to that as the Membership and Communications Officer. Kaila has extensive Campaign experience and has been a Campaign Manager for Candidates at Local, State and Federal elections. Prior to working in the NSW Party Office, Kaila was the advisor for Ageing and Disability Services in the NSW Government, overseeing the NSW Ageing Roundtable and also advised the Spokesperson for World Youth Day in 2008.

Max Liu

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EMQ Inc., Taiwan, China

Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ.

A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States.

Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max
to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs of the overseas workers. EMQ was launched in 2014 and offers remittance services
between two countries at a fraction of the price of conventional banks by utilizing aggregation and netting. With a strong presence across Asia, the company partners with
financial institutions and other strategic partners in each country to enable and settle cross-border remittance via banks and various modes for top-up and cash pickup.

Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26 billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure.

Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served
as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group.

Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Brad Henderson

CEO, P33, USA

As founding CEO of P33, Brad is leading the nonprofit organization to drive global technology leadership for Chicago and inclusive economic growth for all. He brings twenty-plus years of professional experience and brings a deep understanding of how to unlock economic opportunities that benefit businesses and individuals to P33’s efforts.

Brad joined from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was senior partner and managing director in the Chicago office. Originally from a small town in southern Ohio, he received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago, which he credits to changing his life. Brad joined BCG as a summer associate in 2000, and quickly rose through the ranks to spend 2006 in the Mumbai, India office as part of the BCG Ambassador Program and later lead BCG’s North American Operations Practice.

Brad is an active leader in the Chicago community, serving on the board of trustees for the Chicago History Museum, the Association House in Humboldt Park and Interfaith Youth Core. He also serves on the board of ACCION US Network, which provides capital and business support to business owners of color and female business owners, and Impact Engine, a socially-responsible investment firm. He was a BCG Bruce Henderson Institute (BHI) Fellow focused on impact and socially-responsible investing and is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders program.

A Rhodes Scholar, Brad has earned multiple degrees with distinction, including a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors (1997-2001) and Master of Arts in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2000-2001), a Master of Science in Economic and Social History from University of Oxford Balliol College (2001-2002) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Oxford Saïd Business School (2002-2003).

Brad lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Sam Kass

Partner, Acre Venture Partners, USA

Sam led food and nutrition policy for the Obama Administration, and was the Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign. He was also the chef for the Obamas. Sam is now focusing on the intersection of health, climate change and food systems in numerous ways through strategy work and investing.

Imani Duncan-Price

Chief of Staff, Office of the Opposition Leader, Jamaica

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, Imani Duncan-Price, exhibits a record of successful leadership in a range of areas.

Now Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Imani supports the current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Phillips, in policy and political strategy formulation.

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 a Public Administration for 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 by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow 2018.

Imani Duncan-Price is married to Stephen and a happy and perpetually tired mother of three young children, Aidan (7), Marley (5) and Selah (2).

Lois Auta

Founder and Executive Director, Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria

BSc in Public Administration, University of Abuja. Over five years of experience advocating for the betterment of persons with disabilities. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria. President, Disabled Sports Club - Abuja, President, Women on Wheels Multipurpose Cooperative Society. Vice-President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria Chapter. Assistant National Coordinator, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative. Board Member, Potters Gallery Initiative.