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.
Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2019 Highlights Report
Will technology connect or divide us? The challenge for leaders in Globalization 4.0
Here's why leaders need to care about mental health
5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis
What's happening to Greenland will affect the whole world - and our leaders need to understand why
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
Angellah Jasmine Kairuki
Angellah Kairuki is a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs of Tanzania. She is also Secretary-General of the Tanzania Women Parliamentary Group. Previously, she served as Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal Affairs and Public Administration, and worked in the attorney-general’s office as Parliamentary Draftsman. Kairuki served as a Member of the Council of the Dar es Salaam Institute of technology, and as an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and a Member of Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators. She was also employed by the Vodacom Group as Head of Department of Ethics, Compliance and Governance. Kairuki took part in the inaugural Leadership for Change in Africa programme by the African Leadership Institute, and was mentioned in Forbes magazine’s 2013 class of 20 Young Power Women in Africa. She received an LLB from the University of Hull and PgDL in Legal Practice from Staffordshire University.
Founder and Chairman, Octave Consulting Group (Bermuda), a boutique advisory firm that works with business leaders to effectively manage the full spectrum of cyber risks. Has held leadership or advisory roles with AT&T, Bemol Lojas, CIBC, European Commission, Internet Society, and the United Nations, among others. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader. Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Technology Foresight Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Networks on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Telecoms. LLM in Internet Law and Policy, University of Strathclyde; MBA, University of Leicester; and Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation and Policy, University of the West Indies. Expert in internet governance and information and communications technology (ICT) law, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and information technology (IT) governance, risk and control (GRC).
Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform. Anjali leads a global team of over 500 individuals dedicated to empowering creators with the tools, technology and community to tell their stories. Anjali previously served as General Manager and Head of Marketing at Vimeo, where she oversaw the growth of over 90 million members using the platform. Before that, she held various positions in e-commerce, finance and media at Amazon and Time Warner.
Anjali has been included in Fortune's 40 under 40, Adweek's Power List and The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen Under 35. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City with her husband and son.
Sheetal is a public health expert, disability specialist and social entrepreneur. Currently she is working as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of one of the India’s leading non-profit, Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), Warora, operating from one of the most backward districts of Central India, building livelihood capabilities of most marginalized people, especially those with disabilities like leprosy afflicted, orthopedically handicapped, vision and hearing impaired and primitive tribal populace for last 67 years.
With her diverse educational background and experience, she is working to strengthen the most essential pillars of rural system-health, education and sustainable village development. She has been working on creating door-step health museums to poor people and school children for spreading awareness and information about preventable diseases, nutrition, insurance & health rights which may further substantially reduce disease burden in their village. She has also been awarded an award grant for setting up ‘Centre of Excellence for Medical Leadership, ethics and Motivation’ at Anandwan by Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and WHO alliance. She also organizes multiple free health camps in various domains such as reconstructive surgery, cataract removal, skin, psychiatric and retinal diseases, diabetes detection and treatment at Anandwan for benefitting rural poor. She serves on the advisory board of India’s leading public health institutes- Indian Institute of Public Health and Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi.
She is also experienced in working with children and youth with disabilities across a wide spectrum ranging from education, physical and medical rehabilitation to building innovative business model for gainful employment. She also works with rural schools to reform their education systems through IT systems, health and nutritional counselling to children.
Currently she is also engaged in an ambitious project of making Anandwan a one of its kind ’smart village’ in the country by making it smarter, technologically efficient, economically productive and environmentally sensitive.
In January 2016 she was selected by World Economic Forum as 'Young Global Leader 2016'. This honour is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world. This is in recognition of a person’s record of professional accomplishments and potential to contribute to solving the world's pressing issues. She is an active part of ‘SABI’- South Asian Bridge Initiative that aims to set up constructive philanthropic models in South Asia.
She was chosen as an 'Innovation Ambassador' by the United Nations in April 2016 to the 10th Anniversary of the World Summit on Innovation held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York on May 18-19, 2016. Currently she is working as an Adviser to ‘i4P’ (Innovations for Peace), an initiative of World Summit on Innovation and United Nations. She is also the recipient of 2016 INK fellowship.
She is a member of various policy level education, agricultural and entrepreneurship development and healthcare innovation committees that include governmental and non-governmental apex committees such as WHO and Lancet Commission on Global Surgery on rural surgical health and leadership, distance education committees of Mumbai University and an empowered committee for mid-day meal set up by Government of India. She is also a professional photographer and helps NGOs document their work through photographs.
Her professional qualification includes an MBBS degree with a gold medal in surgery, Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences with silver medal, Certificate in Non-profit Governance and an ongoing diploma in financial management and accountability from Financial Management Service Foundation-TISS alliance.
She is married to Gautam Karajgi who is a management expert. He is a Trustee of Maharogi Sewa Samiti and looks after management and smart village project. They have a 3 years old son, Sharvil.
Elaine is a medical doctor with deep compassion and extensive experience in palliative care. She is an energetic and ambitious entrepreneur, co-founding and holding directorships in successful business entities and social enterprises. She is the co-founder and CEO of the social enterprise CRIB, which empowers women to become successful entrepreneurs. She is deeply involved in the non-profit sector through volunteering time and skills, leading and executing successful awareness-building campaigns, and raising over $1 million for multiple philanthropic causes, as well as implementing positive social change through CRIB's charitable arm CRIB Gives Back. Elaine is a dynamic and results-oriented professional with a strong entrepreneurial drive and broad-based experience. She is a visionary leader and creative thinker with notable achievements in business development and strategy.
Project Manager, Perlin.net, an international trade based blockchain facilitating digitalized trade documents on the blockchain with its strategic partnerships and support from the International Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Government. Formerly: Chief Operating Officer, Santiment.net, a cryptocurrency big data industry leader. Adviser and investor into blockchain projects. Social entrepreneur who has co-founded 20 companies with 2 acquisitions and 4 exits and assets sales. Founder and Director, Home Group. Director, Carbon Conservation. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named by TIME Magazine as a “Hero of the Environment”; honoured by African Rainforest Conservancy with the Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest – the “Kinyongia dorjeesuni”; CPA Top 20 Business Leader; one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Gentlemen of Philanthropy; Asialink Leaders Program Alumni Award; named an Asia Society 21 Fellow; World Cities Summit Future Leader. Teaches entrepreneurship to PhDs and engineering students at UNSW and Macquarie University. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board, Climate Reality. Work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets.
"Krating" Ruangroj Poonpol
Krating Poonpol has spent years building Thailand's technology start-up ecosystem from scratch. Selected as Thailand's Business Man of the Year in 2016, he started the first start-up education programme in Thailand in 2012, which graduated over 1,000 start-up founders. He later started start-up accelerator in ASEAN as well as a start-up venture capital firm. He is passionate about education and serves as the youngest member of the executive board of the Thailand Education Partnership led by the former prime minister and minister of education of Thailand.
Rebeca is Founder & CEO of Clarity, which tries to solve the problem of inefficient and unequal allocation of capital by developing a universal framework and building an automated tool to rate companies and organizations. Previously, she was leading the Global Digital Transformation Program at Santander Bank (one of the largest banks in the World). Rebeca was Founder & CEO of Blink Booking, the award winning last minute hotel booking mobile app leader in Europe, with more than 800,000 downloads, almost 3,000 hotels. Blink was acquired by Groupon less than 1 and a half years after launching. After the acquisition, Rebeca worked at Groupon as General Manager and Senior Director of Product and Operation, leading one of the top priorities of the company.
She is advisor at several startups with focus on social impact.
Prior to Blink, Rebeca worked at Bain Capital Private Equity, Boston Consult ing Group and as engineer at the German Aerospace Agency, Siemens and IBM. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MSc in Telecommunication Engineering for Polytechnic University in Madrid and Stuttgart University (all of them with Distinction).
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.