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
Chao (Amy) Gao
Amy Gao comes from business background, AnXin Trust Company, serving on the Board of Directors of the company. Her passion in making change in the education field led to her own initiative, The May Foundation that focuses on helping college students build capacity. Gao has a masters degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Ayman Hariri is a son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He's involved in running Saudi Oger, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest construction companies and the source of the Hariri family fortune. Oger was part of a venture that won a $653 million contract in January 2013 to build a local branch of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. Oger's other interests include telecommunications; it has a major stake in Turk Telekom. It also owns shares in Middle Eastern banks, including Jordan's Arab Bank.
Angela Baker oversees Corporate Responsibility at Qualcomm. This includes Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached millions of beneficiaries. Baker also oversees Qualcomm's Sustainability team and strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.
Active private investor in the fields of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, foodtech and genomics. He started his tech career in 1997 as a 17 year old high school drop-out creating a web portal to empower women in India. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
Ambarish has been widely recognized for pioneering work in the field of augmented reality and computer vision. Named UK Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (2016) and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Appointed a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum in 2017
Minister of housing of Colombia since August 2018. Previously Vice-President of the Colombian Banking Association; has substantial experience in both the private and public sector. In the telecommunications industry, served as Executive Director of the Colombian National Program of Telecommunications and as Controller, Chief of Staff, Chief Economist and Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Telefonica Colombia.
Sheri Hickok currently serves as CEO - Onshore Wind, Asia Pacific Region where she is responsible for the current execution and future growth of GE Onshore wind across South Asia, Northeast Asia, Greater China, Southeast Asia, and Australia/New Zeland.
Prior to this role, Sheri served as General Manager – Global Product Development at GE Renewable Energy where she is responsible for the development and execution of an industry leading platform strategy and product portfolio for GE's onshore wind turbine business. Sheri also has the pleasure of serving as an independent director on the board for Newmont Goldcorp. Sheri joined GE in 2017, and most recently oversaw the launch of GE Renewable Energy’s industry-leading Cypress onshore wind turbine platform, as well as the launch of the best-selling 2.5-116 turbine.
Prior to joining GE, Sheri served as Executive Chief Engineer – Autonomous Partnerships and Fleets at General Motors where she led the program strategy and execution of GM’s first autonomous vehicle fleet. During her 22-year tenure at General Motors, Ms. Hickok held various positions including Chief Engineer - Next Generation Full-Size Trucks, and Executive Director - Global Supplier Quality & Development. She also led operations at GM’s Global Noise and Vibration Center and served as Chief Engineer on the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. Sheri joined GM in 1995 as a co-op, and progressed through a number of roles within the company, with a strong focus on leadership, technology, program execution, supply chain, quality and strategic program
Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Master’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She has also attended executive education programs at Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard.
In both 2015 and 2016, she was named to the Motor Trend Top 50 Influencers in the Auto Industry list. In addition, in 2015, Sheri was also named within the Automotive News Top 100 Women in the Auto Industry and has been recognized by Fortune Magazine, Kettering University, and the Detroit Free Press. Externally, Sheri is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and is a three-time DAVOS Panelist on Urban Mobility, The Future of Production, and Women in Tech.
Sheri currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with her husband, Loren and her two daughters, Ellena and Kendall. She is passionate about her faith, family, health, and making a difference in the lives of others.
Deeyah Khan, is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director, whose work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Her skill as a multidisciplinary artist led her to use film and music as the language for her social activism. Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry. The experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, dominates her artistic vision.
Deeyah is also the recipient of several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression and in 2012 she was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN. The focus of her work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations.
Deeyah is the founder and CEO of social purpose production company Fuuse which creates works in the intersection of art and activism.
Amal Clooney is a barrister practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London who specialises in international law and human rights. Her clients range from political prisoners and ousted Heads of State to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before international courts in The Hague, at the European Court of Human Rights and in courts in the UK and US. She has been appointed to UN commissions investigating terrorist attacks in the Middle East and armed drone strikes in Pakistan, and was an adviser to Kofi Annan on Syria. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Human Rights, and is author of the book The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Carlalberto is Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE EPS and has formerly been a serial entrepreneur, venture capital investor and business lawyer. As CEO of Electro Power Systems (EPS), in less than 3 years Carlalberto achieved with success the complex turnaround of the company, he led an IPO, two acquisitions, and a mandatory tender offer, raising over €100 million in equity and debt capital, and bringing EPS to reach a market cap up to €180 million. He transformed a small start-up into a world's technology leader in energy storage and e-mobility, powering every day – with renewables and energy storage – over half a million people across Africa and Asia. In order to scale-up, Carlalberto decided to join ENGIE, one of the largest energy player worldwide, playing today an important enabling role in zero¬carbon transition strategy of the group.