Who we are
The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.
Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.
Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.
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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
Albert Rivera Díaz
Albert Rivera Díaz is a Spanish attorney and politician, holding the role of President of the political party Ciudadanos, the fourth most voted Spanish political party, currently supporting the national Spanish Government. Rivera served as a Member of the Parliament of Catalonia from 2006-2015. He has committed himself to anti-graft measures, reforming political inertia and upholding Spain's diversity, in addition to the fight against corruption. His firm defense of an alternative to the radical nationalism that has controlled regional government and fractured his native Catalonia over the last few decades, the search for the renewal of the obsolete and largely corrupt party system, and, overall, the will to build a future-looking, modern, strong, united Spain, fully integrated in a globalized world, are the main blueprints of his political beliefs.
Annalena Baerbock is Chairwoman of the Alliance 90/ The Greens party of Germany, recently re-elected with the highest-ever result for a chairwoman of the party. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and is an outspoken advocate on issues of environment, youth and Europe.
A pan-African feminist, Françoise Moudouthe is passionate about advocating for women's rights and building powerful feminist movements in Africa and beyond. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the African Women's Development Fund in November 2020. She is also the founder of Eyala, a bilingual (French-English) platform that harnesses the power of conversation to explore what it means to be an African feminist. She also sits on the boards of the Malala Fund and Womankind Worldwide. Before joining AWDF, Moudouthe worked as an independent consultant, leveraging her strategic and advocacy skills to promote gender and social justice in Africa and worldwide. Prior to that, she dedicated eight years to incubating Girls Not Brides, the global civil society partnership to end child marriage, and spearheading its growth in Africa.
Radhika Gupta is an Indian business executive. She is Chief Executive Officer of Edelweiss Asset Management. She started at the company as business head of multi-strategy funds and was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the team’s investment, distribution and platform. She is India’s only female head of a major asset manager and has set up the country's first domestic hedge fund. Gupta is a public speaker. A YouTube video of one of her talks, titled “The Girl With a Broken Neck”, has been viewed more than 110,000 times. She is a graduate of the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint degrees in economics from the Wharton School and computer science engineering from the Moore School.
Co-Founder & CEO of Whyise, Founding Partner of Kaamen
Reem Khouri is passionate about impact. She is the co-founder and CEO of Whyise, an impact analytics software solution that allows organizations to aggregate their data and analyze it for exponential impact as well as map their operations against international frameworks such as the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and comply with frameworks such as IFC ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) standards and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) among others. They are also leveraging Artificial intelligence to understand the variables affecting impact in an evidence-based manner and blockchain infrastructure to generate impact based smart contracts.
She is also the founding partner of Kaamen, an impact design company that has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with governments, companies and NGOs to design models for exponential economic and social returns.
She served on numerous boards and is an associate at 3BL Associates, a people + planet strategy consultancy and is a faculty member at Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya and is a board member of Ruwwad for Development, a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing.
She previously worked with Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation solutions providers and served on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO Fadi Ghandour on sustainability, strategic initiatives, research and support for entrepreneurs.
She was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo
Bogolo J. Kenewendo is a Global economist, Advisor and Former Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry & Specially Elected Member of Parliament in Botswana (2016-2019). She has deep expertise in international trade and development. She has a particular focus on Pan-African development and a passion for accelerating digitisation and innovation across the continent.
As the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana, she implemented reforms to significantly improve the ease of doing business, open up both domestic and international markets, and position the country to succeed in the global value chains as well as the digital economy. During her tenure, she was the youngest Cabinet Minister in Africa and in Botswana’s history.
Kenewendo is also a vocal advocate for gender equity and protection of children’s rights. She has received global recognition for her work, being appointed as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Senior Africa Advisor to Jack Ma Foundation and Africa Business Heroes, Jury for the FAO Africa Innovation Prize, a member of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and group on Financing for Development, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, WEF Trade Action Group and a WEF Young Global Leader.
She currently serves as Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, a Non-resident Fellow at Center for Global Development and sits on multiple corporate boards.
Weiwei Xing is a Partner at Bain & Company. Based in Hong Kong, she leads the Asia consumer products practice with a particular focus on Greater China. Beyond her work at Bain, Weiwei devotes her expertise to advising non profits in operational improvement, strategic planning and fundraising.
Yetnebersh Nigussie Molla
Yetnebersh Nigussie is an Ethiopian human rights lawyer who advocates for the promotion and protection of "all human rights, for all human beings." Nigussie has contributed to change perceptions on disabilities in Ethiopia and internationally. In September 2017, Yetnebersh was named a joint winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the "Alternative Nobel Prize". she is the co-founder of the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development(ECDD). Yetnebersh currently serves as the president of the Ethiopian Lawyers with Disabilities Association (ELDA) and co-chairs the Ethiopian reconciliation commission
Anne-Sophie Grouchka started her career in 2005 as an adviser to Xavier Bertrand, the French Minister of Labour, Employment and Health. She joined the pharmaceutical group IPSEN in 2007 as adviser to the chief executive. From 2008 to 2012, she held the respective positions of adviser, joint chief of staff and chief of staff to Nadine Morano, the then-Secretary of State for Family and Solidarity who become Minister of Apprenticeships and Professional Training. Grouchka joined Allianz France in 2012 as project manager to Jacques Richier, the chief executive officer. In 2013, she was appointed head of strategy and innovative projects. In February 2018, Grouchka was nominated to the executive committee of Allianz France as chief customer officer in charge of claims, underwriting and customer journey. She has also been head of customer relationships and solutions since January 2016.
She is a graduate of the ENS Ulm (Ecole Normale Supérieure), the ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) business school and Sciences Po Paris. Anne-Sophie also holds postgraduate diplomas in German studies (Paris IV University) and in International Relations (PhD school of Sciences Po).
Anne-Sophie is a member of the Young Global Leaders Forum - class of 2019.