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.
Fostering entrepreneurship connects refugees with the global economy
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
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.
Gloria Fluxa Thienemann
Degree in Business Administration, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA; Accelerated Executive Development Program, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland; Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and dating back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries; it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of over 120 four- and five-star hotels located in 19 countries. The group has three further business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate. Advancing the company’s approach to responsible tourism with the launch of the Wave of Change movement focusing on marine and ocean preservation that evolves around: becoming single-use-plastic free, promoting responsible seafood consumption, and improving coastal health. It is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water. It is aimed at uniting employees, customers, suppliers and society to create an increasingly more responsible tourism industry. Trustee and Chairman, Iberostar Foundation; Member of the Board, Endeavor Spain. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Ruba Borno is the VP/GM of Cisco Managed Services. Ruba runs a global team that helps Cisco’s most strategic customers accelerate their digital transformations, while reducing inefficiencies, maximizing system availability, and improving security and compliance. Prior to her current role, Ruba spent three years as Cisco’s VP, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to CEO, and worked across the executive leadership team to develop the company’s growth and transformation strategy.
In April 2018, Ruba was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of Experian. She is an Executive Sponsor of Cisco's Connected Conservation efforts and is a board member for the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley where she is applying her passion for STEM education to take the Tech's programs global. She has worked with the World Economic Forum to establish a skills-based education platform for individuals whose jobs will be impacted by automation, as well as organizations like the United Way of the Bay Area and City Year Silicon Valley on experiential work and education of disenfranchised youth.
A leader in the Siemens finance community and a diversity advocate; took over the regional Chief Financial Officer role at age 27 to set up the Middle East/Asia-Pacific headquarters for the Building Technologies division in Singapore. Secured various projects promoting energy efficiency and sustainability across the region, including the company's involvement in the Greener Government Buildings programme in Australia. After five years in Asia, transferred to Germany in 2017 to head the global finance and controlling function for the Mobility division and played an instrumental role in ensuring the successful signing of the Siemens Alstom rail merger.
Mustapha Mokass is a globally-renowned designer of smart innovative solutions to three of the most pressing challenges of our times: poverty, food insecurity and climate change. Within the World Bank and UN, he developed his skills in contributing to innovative risk sharing public private partnerships towards decreasing carbon emissions by scaling-up the transfer of technologies towards developing countries. He is a graduate of the Ms in Sustainability & Social Innovation at HEC Paris and holds an M.Sc in Urban and Environmental Engineering and EE from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Oxford Said Business School University. In 2015, he was named among the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
Since 2010, he invests his skills for the development of his home country Morocco, mobilizing international social investors in support of the agriculture strategy and the 10 GW renewable energy development plan (solar, wind, hydro).
He founded several sustainability ventures, waste-to-energy technology, off-grid solar pumping technology and an advisory climate finance & investment firm. He is co-founder of the social eco-tourism enterprise www.terresdamanar.com employing 150 people in rural area.
He was climate finance advisor to the COP21 and COP22 Presidencies. In November 2016, he founded the first of its kind Global Climate Finance Action Summit, as a global innovative partnerships action platform gathering global finance players to unlock climate finance for developing countries with one major outcome: the announcement of the $ 500 million first ever climate adaptation private investment fund (MICA Fund - Marrakech Investment Committee on Adaptation).
In 2016 he founded the YGL Climate Finance & Blockchain Hubs Initiative that aims to unlock climate finance by unlocking climate skills in project design phase. The initiative is a capacity building mechanism that answers project developers needs to reach bankability threshold level. The initiative was awarded during World Economic Forum YGL Impact Lab 2016 in New York.
He is a visiting professor of HEC Paris and he authored a book “Fostering a Global Clean Energy Market” L’Harmattan Paris in 2016. He was awarded in 2016 among the Top 100 most influential leaders in Africa. He is a regular public speaker at international conference on SDGs and Climate Change.
Professor Landry Signé is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, David M. Rubenstein fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program and Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, founding chairman of the award-winning think tank/do tank Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, special adviser to world leaders on international and African affairs, professor and senior adviser on international affairs to the chancellor and provost at UAA, and partner and chief strategic advisor at a small African-focused emerging markets strategic management, investment, and government affairs firm. He has been recognized as a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, Andrew Carnegie fellow as one of the “most creative thinkers,” Woodrow Wilson Public Policy fellow for his “pre-eminent” and “world-class” research, JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World, Private Investors for Africa Fellow, and Tutu Fellow that “drives the transformation of Africa,” among others. Previously, Landry was founding president of a business strategy and development firm based in Montreal and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He has also served on the board of organizations such as AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, Citizens Governance Initiative, and the United Nations Association of Canada–Montreal, and was appointed by a United Nations Under-Secretary-General to serve on the Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization. He is the author of numerous key academic and policy publications, with a special interest in the political economy of development with a focus on Africa, global political economy, the politics of economic reform, emerging and frontier markets, the future of technology, entrepreneurship, post-conflict reconstruction, institutional change, political regimes, state-capacity, public service delivery, and governance. He has won more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Harvard International Review.
Upon election to the position of Mayor of the City of Otsu, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, became the youngest woman ever to be elected mayor of a Japanese City. Since taking office, has focused on issues related to gender equality and childcare. LLB and LLM, Hokkaido University; LLM, Harvard Law School. Visiting Fellow, Columbia Business School. Practised law at Nishiura & Asahi, Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton, NYC.
Nighat Dad is a lawyer and the founder of Digital Rights Foundation which works to help Pakistani women fight against online harassment. She is a campaigner for online freedom and contributed to a law against acid attacks. She specializes in family law and cyber law and was named one of TIME magazine's next generation leaders. In 2016, she was awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award and Dutch government's Human Rights Tulip award. She became TED Fellow in 2016 and spoke at the TED Global stage.
Since June 2018, Prime Minister of Georgia; has established a strong vision for the nation built on strengthening democracy, fostering a vibrant and sustainable economy, while investing in Georgia’s most valuable asset, its people; has helped advance Georgia’s integration into the EU and NATO; introduced a “Green Economy” agenda and “lean government” initiative that reduced the number of ministries from 14 to 11, and redirected budget expenditures to social programmes; launched a comprehensive reform programme to overhaul the country’s education system; pledged to allocate 6% of GDP to boost human capital development and empower sustainable economic growth. Formerly: Minister of Finance of Georgia; 2013-17, Chief Executive Officer, Georgian Railway, promoting Georgia’s interests in international projects, including Viking, ZUBR, and the South-West Corridor. Held leadership positions in the business sector, including Chief Executive Officer, Georgian International Energy Corporation; Member of the Supervisory Board, Georgian Industrial Group. MBA, INSEAD; Master’s in Business, Moscow State University; PhD and BA in Electromechanical Engineering, Georgian Technical University.