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.
Seeking New Leadership: Responsible leadership for a sustainable and equitable world
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
Banafsheh Geretzki is a Director with BlackRock in London. Geretzki brings over 13 years of experience in private equity, restructuring and investment banking and specializes in complex balance sheet and operational restructurings. Most recently, she was at Alvarez & Marsal where she was involved in numerous restructuring engagements and sovereign advisory, including system-wide restructuring of the banking-systems in Cyprus and Spain alongside Austria, Greece and various Private Equity projects throughout Europe. Prior to that, Geretzki held various Private Equity and Investment Banking positions at Fortress Investment Group and Morgan Stanley where she delivered a broad range of large-scale M&A transactions along with post-merger integrations, debt restructurings and numerous capital market transactions. She has also served as a restructuring officer in an interim senior management role as a member of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board of one of the largest listed German real estate companies. Geretzki holds a master’s degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and is a Member of Generation CEO, an organization promoting business women into leadership positions.
Shireen is a partner and managing director at the Center for Engineering and Planning (CEP), which is a Palestinian consulting firm with headquarters in Ramallah, Palestine and operations in Canada, UAE, Iraq, Libya, and Jordan. Since 2005, Shireen has lead technical teams of national and international experts in spatial and strategic planning and infrastructure development for urban and rural communities. Shireen is also a co-founder and the CEO of Shelleh for Medical and Pharmaceutical Supplies Company which was established in Palestine on 2017 and has been already the regional agent for many well known international and regional medical supplies. Shireen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, and a master of Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. Shireen is a member of the Palestinian Business Women Forum (BWF), and several social and technical organizations.
Agnes is an operator, investor and entrepreneur. She lead the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, focusing on growth strategy, operations, and acquisition strategy for over 40 early-stage companies in the portfolio. ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock before ConsenSys, Agnes stands at the intersection between the legacy financial industry and emerging blockchain-enabled fintech solutions. Her years in traditional finance provided her first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She performed country-wide financial reviews of Ireland and Greece and others for the European Central Bank. Agnes maintains relationships with financial institutions, government bodies, and central banks. In this capacity, Agnes informs, collaborates, and strategizes blockchain-related solutions with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure this groundbreaking technology is adopted quickly and efficiently. Agnes has spoken on blockchain technology and its applications at events held by the FDIC, GW University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Finance Committee. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities".
Scholar and entrepreneur to bridge machine intelligence and creativity. Founder of Tezign.com, a leading technology start-up with the mission to build digital infrastructure for creative resources. Founding Chair, Tongji University Design Artificial Intelligence Lab. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Aspen Institute China Fellow. Member, IEEE Global Council for Extended Intelligence. Recipient, National DDF Award (2018). Doctorate, Harvard University; Master's degree, Princeton University. Recently published From Universality of Computation to the Universality of Imagination, a book on how machine intelligence would influence human creativity.
Hannah Yeoh is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and 2nd term State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP). She was first elected into office in the historic elections of 2008 at the age of 29. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practising lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before she ventured into politics. After securing re-election in the last elections in 2013, she was elected as Speaker, making her the first woman Speaker in Malaysia and currently its youngest. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls, Shay Adora and Kayleigh Imani. Both Ram and Hannah are passionate about nation-building and seek to inspire Malaysians to play their respective parts in establishing a righteous nation free from corruption and racial discrimination.
Sarah Nicholls is Senior Director and Head of Global Sustainability at JLL, a professional services firm specializing in real estate with over 90,000 employees. She is currently spearheading the roll-out of JLL’s sustainability strategy, Building a Better Tomorrow (BaBT) across Europe. BaBT seeks to embed sustainable thinking across all of JLL activities.
In her prior role leading the Global Sustainability Team, she was instrumental in developing and launching BaBT worldwide. Sarah set JLL’s first-ever energy and carbon reduction targets. She also served as a founding member and first chair of the Global Sustainability Board.
Sarah has a master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In her corporate career, Nerissa has filled numerous senior executive positions to perform post-crisis turnarounds, lead country or regional businesses, and orchestrate multinational strategic change. Most recently, Nerissa was the Global Head of Strategy at AIG and Executive Board Member, Audit Chair for four of its subsidiaries in Asia and the USA. In this capacity she was a member of the extended leadership team (ELT), the 200 most senior executives of AIG.
Nerissa is an independent board member and strategic advisor to:
- Nottx, a firm engaged in promoting diversity by using behavioural science in recruitment
- Fennech, a fintech developing intelligent cash management in a digital cash Ledger
- Portabl.co, a SaaS eco-system that provides portable insurance, benefits and savings products for the global freelance economy
In 2019, Nerissa was selected as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and subsequently, featured in the Financial Times as a leader to watch: https://bit.ly/NerissaFT
As a native South African who grew up during Apartheid, Nerissa has been a proponent of equality and strives to break the mould of stereotypes in gender, race and professional norms. She is a global mentor, coach to underprivileged scholars and an executive sponsor in diversity groups for women, minorities and young professionals.
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.