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

Michael Faye

Chief Executive Officer, GiveDirectly, USA

Michael Faye is the co-founder and CEO of Taptap Send, which is working to ensure everyone has access to fairly priced remittances consistent with the SDGs. He's also the President and co-founder of GiveDirectly, which has recognized by FastCompany as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in finance, and on the Board of Crown Agents Bank HoldCo. Previous to this, Michael was an Associate Partner at McKinsey where he focused on tech, risk and regulation in the financial services industry,

Michael’s work has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Foreign Affairs and others. He is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 leading Global Thinkers. Michael holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard, where he also studied Math and Classics.

Amit Paley

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Trevor Project, USA

Amit Paley is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. He began as a counselor on The Trevor Project's 24/7 TrevorLifeline in 2011, and since then he has answered hundreds of calls from LGBTQ youth in crisis. Amit is the first volunteer counselor to become the CEO of the organization in its 22-year history and he still continues to answer calls on TrevorLifeline. Under Amit’s leadership, the organization has dramatically expanded the number of LGBTQ youth that it serves and the breadth of programming that it offers. During his tenure, The Trevor Project built and launched a new, integrated crisis services platform, expanded its chat and text services to 24/7, and more than tripled the number of youth served each month. The organization has also transformed its TrevorSpace platform into the largest safe-space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and expanded the Trevor Project’s research initiatives. Trevor also now operates the largest grassroots campaign in the world to end conversion therapy. Amit is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Founder, Platformation Labs, Singapore

Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platformation Labs and the best-selling author of Platform Revolution and Platform Scale. He has advised the leadership of more than 35 of the Fortune 500 firms and has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Sangeet's work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 ideas in strategy and his articles have been featured thrice in the HBR Top 10 Must Reads compilations.

Sangeet is appointed to several high-level ministerial advisory committees and is a former member of the WEF's Global Future Council. He is also ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally by Thinkers50 and is the youngest ever recipient of the IIMB Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a frequent keynote speaker at leading global forums including the G20 Summit, the World50 Summit, and the United Nations.

Laura Gersch

Member of the Board of Management, Corporate Pensions, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, Germany

Laura is member of the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, the market leader of the German life insurance market serving more than 10 million customers. Laura is responsible for the corporate business, i.e., employer funded pension business (second pillar of German pension system). She is a strong advocate of the societal role of (life) insurance striving to contribute to the reduction of the gender pension gap in Germany by advocating financial literacy for women. She is a purpose-driven leader, who played an instrumental role in developing the purpose for Allianz Group while she was running the Group CEO Office of Oliver Bäte. Before joining Allianz, she worked for McKinsey & Company. She holds a double degree in International Business from European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Fredros Okumu

Director, Science, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania

Fredros Okumu is the Director of Science at Ifakara Health Insitute (IHI). Fredros' work has attracted numerous awards and recognition, including the 2009 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Young Investigator Award; 2014 Al Jazeera Lifelines Health Hero; 2016 Foreign Policy Global Thinker; and 2018 Quartz Africa Innovator. He is an important voice at the intersection of public health and the environment in Africa.

Arvind Satyam

Chief Commercial Officer, Pano AI, USA

Chief Commercial Officer of Pano, a purpose-driven business to address climate change-related disasters and infrastructure resilience using IoT and AI solutions & Venture Partner at Ozone Ventures. Previously, Managing Director, Global Public Sector at Cisco; led growth initiatives for $13Bn public sector business including critical infrastructure, cyber security strategy for state and national governments and public private partnerships with multinational institutions. Formerly, led telco service provider sales, strategic partnerships and venture investments for Cisco’s IOT & Smart City businesses. Undergraduate degree and Master’s in Computer Science and Finance, University of New South Wales; alumnus, Harvard Business School; studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina (UNC). Adams Advisor, UNC. Member: Advisory Board, World Sensing, EQITII and Urbanise; Governor of Illinois's Technology Advisory Board. Investor and advisor to several companies. Has contributed to articles for the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Finance, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business School Alumni Magazine and L’Atelier. Young Leader, World Cities Summit (2016); Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2018). Academy judge for $1M Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Alexis Crow

Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC, USA

A global economist who focuses on geopolitics and investing, Alexis Crow provides insights on capital allocation and long-term investment. She covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. She is a public speaker on the global macroeconomic environment and the geopolitical landscape, with a focus on sectors including real estate and infrastructure, environmental, social and governance (ESG), energy, technology and consumers. She leads a team of experts, with a focus on developing their expertise in macroeconomic analysis, geopolitical investing, developing client relationships, and using data visualization tools to guide investment decisions. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School and with the Global Business and Economics programme at the Atlantic Council, focussing on income inequality, ESG and the environment, and economic empowerment of women. She mentors young women and young men who are seeking their purpose and to foster their careers in business and policy. She also volunteers in New York City with Santa Egidio, participates at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral as reader, and works to support professional people seeking a richer spiritual life St Patrick's Cathedral, along with addressing issues such as immigration and income inequality.

Luis Felipe Cervantes Legorreta

Managing Director; Head, Mexico Office, General Atlantic, Mexico

Luis Cervantes established and leads General Atlantic’s Mexico office, focusing on the firm’s growth investments in Mexico and across Latin America. Luis co-led General Atlantic’s investments and is a member of the Board of Directors of Justo (online supermarket), Kavak (used-auto ecommerce), Axo (fashion omnichannel retailer), Clip (payments platform) and Laboratorios Sanfer (pharmaceutical lab), and previously participated in the Board of Directors of Sura Asset Management and Santander Asset Management Mexico. Luis also serves as a member of the board of directors of Endeavor Mexico (entrepreneurship non-for-profit) and of Ordas-Howden (insurance brokerage), is a member of YPO and was an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Luis was at Advent International where he concentrated on investments across sectors in Latin America. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking team at UBS in the Latin American group based in Mexico City. Luis graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with honors, from Universidad Iberoamerica and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Fabio Ziemssen

Director, Food Innovation, NX-FOOD, Germany

Fabio Ziemssen has been working at the forefront of food-tech development in Germany and Europe for a decade to create a strong ecosystem for innovators, visionaries and founders. He has built a number of communities, including the Alternative Protein Association, Next Generation Food Think Tank and Foodnext, creating workspaces and innovation hubs, such as Food2025.de and Super7000. In 2017, he was elected by "Business Punk" as the top leader in food innovation in Germany.