Who we are

The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.

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Meet our members

Adam Kinzinger

Congressman from Illinois (R), 16th District, United States House of Representatives, USA

Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois. Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment in the 116th Congress. His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad. Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress. During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has worked tirelessly for IL-16, and for the security of our nation. From getting veterans back to work, to combatting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight for his constituents and stand up for America.

Sinéad Burke

Chief Executive Officer, Tilting The Lens, Ireland

Sinéad Burke is an educator, writer, and Founder of consultancy company Tilting the Lens, continually asking, ‘is this accessible?’ Sinéad starts conversations in every room to bring visibility to inaccessibility and partners with clients and stakeholders to build collaborative solutions that have impact today, tomorrow, and forever. Through an education, advocacy, and design approach, Tilting the Lens works to create more accessible practices, products, and places, building a more equitable world. Sinéad has been hosting conversations with leaders for over a decade, first through her blog, then through the ‘As Me with Sinéad’ podcast which has included conversations with activists and thinkers including Samantha Power, DeRay McKesson, Lonnie Bunch III, Riz Ahmed, and Glenda Jackson. She is the author of ‘Break the Mould’, a book that encourages children to find their place in the world. The book is a number one bestseller and was awarded the ‘Irish Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)’ Award. Sinéad is the first little person to appear on the cover of Vogue as she featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ issue; guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. She is a member of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’, Council of State, and a member of Gucci's Global Equity Board. She is responsible for the introduction of the term ‘duine beag’ (little person) into the Irish language dictionary.

Penny Abeywardena

Commissioner for International Affairs, Mayor's Office, City of New York, USA

Since September 2014, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs; leads the global platform for promoting goals for a more just and accessible society, showcasing the diversity of New Yorkers and sharing policies and best practices with cities and states worldwide. Has launched initiatives focused on connecting New Yorkers and City agencies to the diplomatic community, as well as more effectively serving NYC's diplomatic corps, which is the largest in the world. Former Director of Girls and Women Integration, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Member: Board of Directors, United Nations Development Corporation and Eastside Greenway and Park; International Advisory Council, International Peace Institute (IPI); Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, World Economic Forum; United Nation’s SDG Strategy and Action Hub; 92Y’s Innovation Advisory Committee; Advisory Board, The Helm. 2017, named by the French American Foundation as a Young Leader. World Economic Forum 2016 Young Global Leader. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Founding Member, Lincoln Center’s Global Exchange. Previously served on the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development and the Board of Directors of Sakhi for South Asian Women. Graduate, University of Southern California; Master’s in International Affairs, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Julie Bonamy

CEO, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Saint-Gobain (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore

In 2017, Julie Bonamy was appointed vice-president for strategy at Saint-Gobain. Julie is a member of the Senior Management Committee. Julie is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Paris) and the National School of Public Administration (Ecole Nationale d'Administration). She started her career as a civil servant (inspector of finance) for the French Government in 2011, before joining the Office of the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector in October 2014. She was appointed adviser for the budget and digital sector in July 2015.

Golriz Ghahraman

Member of Parliament, New Zealand Parliament, New Zealand

Golriz Ghahraman is a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Born in Iran, she is the first refugee elected to the country’s House of Representatives, where she is a Member of the Green Party. Prior, she worked as an international lawyer for several United Nations Tribunals. Her work has also included restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

Chao (Amy) Gao

Founder, Shanghai May Foundation, People's Republic of China

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.

Carlos Reines

President and Co-Founder, RubiconMD, Spain

A mission-driven technologist, Carlos Reines is committed to disrupting current healthcare systems to provide better access for the 3 billion people who live on less than $2.50/day. For every electronic medical consultation on RubiconMD, patients avoid complications, weeks of waiting and hundreds of dollars in unnecessary costs.

Andrew Serazin

President, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc., Bahamas

Andrew Serazin oversees a global portfolio including research on consciousness, creating AI to improve moral decision-making, and practical innovations to promote character strengths like humility, gratitude and forgiveness. An international expert on innovation in global health and development, Serazin led the creation of the Grand Challenges Explorations, which has funded over 1,000 projects and has been recognized as one of the most successful programmes in the history of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mayur Patel

Chief Commercial Officer, M-KOPA, Kenya

A leader in Africa’s fintech and digital media sectors, Mayur Patel is Chief Commercial Officer at M-KOPA, the region’s largest connected financing platform. Previously, he served as COO for Cassava Fintech, a provider of mobile wallet and payment solutions, and was CEO of the award-winning mobile streaming company, Kwesé iflix, which pioneered pay-as-you-watch live and on-demand video services on continent. Mayur is passionate about building inclusive and sustainable businesses. He is an Advisory Council Member of NYU Stern’s Center for Business & Human Rights, Advisory Board Chair of Africa's leading go-to-market platform for plant-based alternative meat and dairy products, Infinite Foods, and Board member of children’s educational content company, Ubongo. His work has featured in the Lancet, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Chronicle of Philanthropy. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayur has a doctorate in International Development from Oxford. He is a 2020 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.