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
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.
Dr. Hao Zou is Founder of Tsimage/Abundy Technology, Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, and Director of the Center for Medical Imaging and Health at the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen. His work and experience span academic research, not-for-profit organization, and entrepreneurial endeavors in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, FinTech, and Medical Technology related areas. A former Portfolio Manager and Permanent Member of PIMCO's Americas Portfolio Committee, he was selected by the State Council of China as an "Eminent Young Overseas Chinese" under the age of 45 in 2015, and named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" finance list of "game changers under 30 transforming the world" in 2016, and World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader list in 2017. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and MA in Economics from Stanford University and completed the four degrees in three years.
Formerly with: Accenture Development Partnerships (Africa, Americas, Asia); Accenture Government & Digital Strategy; Office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone (D - Minnesota). Currently: Managing Director, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability; Member, Global Leadership Team, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability, which helps organizations leverage their assets and capabilities to drive innovation and profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact; leads sustainability strategy across North America; leads Responsible Business globally. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, co-leading the private sector taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals.
An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.
BSc (Hons) in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences; MPA, Baruch College, City University of New York. Former Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan; established the public diplomacy division. 2013, founded Alif Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan. Has advised governments and international organizations on international aid, education, technology and trade. Writes a weekly column and occasional pieces for a range of publications.
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 and Member, Joint National Associations of Persons with Disabilities. Mandela Washington Fellow 2014, Ashoka Change-maker Scholar 2016, Aso Villa Demo Day Finalist 2016 and one of the most outstanding 100 people in Northern Nigeria 2016.
Nabeel M. Al-Amudi
1995, Bachelor’s (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; 2001, JD, Harvard Law School; 2009, Stanford Executive Program. Formerly: from 1995, roles with Saudi Aramco, including 2011, General Counsel, Aramco Services Company (ASC), US; 2012, President, Saudi Refining, US; then President, Aramco Services Company, overseeing all of operations in North America; Chairman, Tabadul, which oversees the digitization of the import and export processes in the Kingdom; ; President, Saudi Ports Authority (SPA), responsible for the strategic direction of port and shipping facilities to meet the Kingdom’s present and forecasted future needs; 2015-17, Chairman, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), guiding its merger into Hapag-Lloyd in May 2017; then Member of the Board, Hapag-Lloyd. Since October 2017, Minister of Transport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Former Member: Advisory Board, Center for Global Business Studies, Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business; Board of Trustees, Awty International School, Houston; Executive Committee, Harvard Law School Association of Arabia. Member: New York State Bar Association; Advisory Board, Dhahran Ahliyya Schools, Saudi Arabia. Chairman, Misk Fellowship Program. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Maria Soledad Nuñez Mendez
Social entrepreneur focused on addressing urban poverty. Former Minister of Housing and Habitat in Paraguay. The youngest person ever appointed a Cabinet-level minister in Paraguay. Has overseen a dramatic increase in the production of social housing for low-income households. Responsible for coordinating the implementation of the country’s New Urban Agenda, leading the National Committee of Habitat, which includes more than 50 public and private institutions. Elected President of the Regional Assembly of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development for LAC. In the past, coordinated the implementation of a National Poverty Eradication Plan from the Technical Planning Secretariat in the President's office. Past-Director of TECHO Paraguay, a non-governmental organization that provides emergency housing solutions and promotes the active involvement of young people in the policy making process. Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Asunción. Alumni of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. Master of Public Policy Candidate at Oxford University.
Iyinoluwa is CEO and Co-founder of Flutterwave, a technology company connecting Africa to the digital economy with Pan-African payments technology and infrastructure. Since inception Flutterwave has processed close to $2 billion in payments across 30 million transactions in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and has attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Mastercard, Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital, Omidyar Network and Glynn Capital amongst others. Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organization with over 500 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Iyinoluwa who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and a member of the Nigerian President's Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.