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
Karabo joined Old Mutual South Africa in 2010. She is currently the Managing Director of personal finance. Prior to her current appointment she held various management positions within Old Mutual.
Karabo has over ten years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Old Mutual she worked at the global investment bank J.P. Morgan, in Johannesburg, on the Equity Derivatives desk; and also gained international experience working at J.P. Morgan’s London office.
Karabo is a qualified actuary (Business Science cum laude degree in Actuarial Science). In addition to this she also has a postgraduate diploma in actuarial science from the University of Cape Town.
Outside of work, she is a fellow with the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) and was recognised as one of the 200 Young South African leaders who are shaping the country’s future in 2014. She enjoys travelling, learning about new cultures, art, film and photography and music
Since my entry into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, i have been serving in various posts in China and abroad. Currently I am fully dedicated, in my capacity as the director, to working for the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative, and helping the Chinese enterprises to better engaged in the business development overseas.
Swimmy is the Founder and CEO of BizReach, Inc. which has launched a series of industry disrupting HR Tech services and employing over 1,200 employees. Recently, the company was awarded a Special Prize from Prime Minister Abe at the Japan Startup Awards 2017 for creating innovative impact on the future of work.
Often referred to as the "Japanese Linkedin", BizReach (the service) has become the premier career networking platforms for professionals and talent seeking employers in Japan. Other services such as job search engine "Stanby", AI-driven career matching service "CareerTrek" and strategic HR Cloud "HRMOS" were subsequently released to make Japan's HR market more transparent and efficient thru the use of technology.
Swimmy also founded LUXA inside of BizReach, which is a discovery e-commerce site focused on empowering consumers in finding unique products and experiences. After growing to a 200 employee business in 4 years, LUXA was acquired by KDDI, Japan's 2nd larget mobile carrier, in 2015.
Before founding BizReach, Swimmy was a founding member of the Rakuten Eagles, the first Japanese expansion pro baseball team in 50 years, playing key roles in starting up the club, such as Assistant to CEO, Assistant General Manager and Head of Stadium Marketing. Swimmy started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley Japan.
Outside the office, Swimmy serves as a committee member on Ministry of Education's initiative to globalize Japanese high schools, as well as the priority policy committee on the Cabinet Office's initiative to increase gender equality.
Swimmy holds a couple BAs with high distinction in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
Gunhild Anker Stordalen
MD and PhD in Pathology/Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oslo. Founder and Chair, Stordalen Foundation. Founder and President, EAT Foundation. Serves on several executive and advisory boards of corporate companies and NGOs, such as: SUN Movement Lead Group; International Advisory Board, Stockholm Resilience Centre; CSR Board, BT Group. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Rohit Chopra is a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Lazard. He co-manages the Emerging Markets Equity strategy, one of the firm’s largest investment portfolios. His responsibilities include both portfolio management and research in the telecommunications and consumer sectors. His work involves frequent travel to meet with business and political leaders in developing economies. He joined Lazard in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and information systems from New York University. He also studied at the London School of Economics. He passionately supports two charitable organizations – Empower and Pratham – which address pressing social problems in developing economies.
Ms. Daubenspeck is a Managing Director and senior leader global business at a young age. Her professional network and achievements span industries from high tech, retail to healthcare. She has worked in complex environments that are influenced heavily by unions and local governments in health care and for state governments themselves – always looking for ‘win-win’ solutions for organisations and society. She has delivered programs globally in Philippines, China, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Brazil tackling global challenges. Having lead global teams, she has a unique appreciation for talent and opportunities that companies and communities face. With clients in the social media and high-tech space she has delivered mobile and cloud enabled solutions that center on the user experience and harnessing the digital revolution for customers and citizens. She has been a hugely influential sponsor of programs focused on expanding access to education, gender and job readiness. W ith a leadership role in Genesys Works, Towards Employment, and sponsor of Girl Rising Events, she leads in the communities in which she works. Through her career she has supported global organizations such as VSO, and an orphanage in Chennai India.
Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter with The News and co-founder of Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan. He has set a high standard for quality journalism in a country where reporters are routinely attacked and murdered.
In 2010, he was kidnapped and tortured for writing critical stories about the government. Since then he has continued to write hard-hitting reports: his series exposing tax evasion by MPs forced the government to make public tax records of lawmakers and other citizens. With this, Pakistan has become the fourth country after Norway, Sweden and Finland where annual tax directory is published. His campaign helped expedite the introduction of a right to information law by a provincial government.
Cheema has received numerous awards for his reporting including the Knight International Journalism Award, the International Press Freedom Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Services in Journalism, the Tully Free Speec h Award, the Global Shining Light Award Certificate, the RTI Champion Award and the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
In 2008, he won a Daniel Pearl Fellowship becoming the first Pearl fellow to work at The New York Times. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He also attended the London School of Economics where he received a Master of Sciences Degree in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies).
Kerstin is founder and director of Planeta Océano, an organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation. As a social entrepreneur and biologist with 10 years in conservation, she’s designed and developed dozens of environmental initiatives across Peru, including research, education, and sustainable development efforts. These include building participatory platforms such as the Marine Educator’s Network of Peru, fostering community-based eco-tourism, researching shark and ray fisheries, and promoting policies for threatened species. Kerstin has served as a consultant for the inter-governmental, governmental, and private sectors. As a public speaker, she’s presented in over 16 countries, including venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, World Economic Forum and Ibero-American Summit. Kerstin is a Key Partner Network member of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. She’s a Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, Kinship Fellow and a NEAq Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow. She’s been recognized as a top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur” by Forbes, is among the “10 leading social entrepreneurs in Latin America” by Univisión, and has received WWF’s International President’s Award and Peru’s National Environmental Citizenship Award, among others. She’s currently studying a PhD in marine biology at Heriot-Watt University, U.K.