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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.

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Luis Felipe Carrillo

President; Chief Executive Officer, Central Latin America (CALA), GE, Peru

Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas; MBA; Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú and Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands; executive courses, Harvard Business School. 2000, joined GE; currently, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Latin America focus is to develop the region’s infrastructure in power generation & transmission, oil and gas, healthcare and aviation; leading efforts to localize more capabilities, integrate acquisitions and develop new markets; also leading the transformation to make GE the premier digital industrial company in the region. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015).

Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Agarwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Swaniti Initiative, India

Founder and CEO, Swaniti Initiative, social enterprise that delivers development solutions by working with government officials. Role focuses on issues around good governance, data-driven delivery and public services. Former Labour Economist, World Bank, focusing on issues of job creation. Has also worked for organizations such as UNFPA and FICCI. Master's in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; graduate in Political Science, Wake Forest University. Author of publications including: Frontiers in Development Policy (World Bank); A Primer on Labor Policies (World Bank); Global Business School Network (Harvard Business School).

Lois Auta

Founder and Executive Director, Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria

BSc in Public Administration, University of Abuja. Over five years of experience advocating for the betterment of persons with disabilities. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria. President, Disabled Sports Club - Abuja, President, Women on Wheels Multipurpose Cooperative Society. Vice-President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria Chapter. Assistant National Coordinator, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative. Board Member, Potters Gallery Initiative.

Ratheesan Yoganathan

Director, LBR Investments, Luxembourg

BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Kingston. 2001, Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Lebara Group, with the aim of transforming the international calling market by providing ethnic and migrant communities with high-quality, low-cost solutions to keep in touch with family and friends. Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Kingston Business University (2012); named London & South Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (2012).

Catherine "Kitty" Parry

Chief Executive Officer, DeepView, United Kingdom

Serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the regulatory and compliance spaces. 2014, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DeepView, an enterprise compliance software solution that recognizes data and compliance breaches in digital and social media images. This machine learning product is built from a deep understanding of global regulation and law, the solution is used by regulators and regulated organizations that grapple with the spectrum of global regulation surrounding social media and digital usage. Formerly: with WPP as part of a team designed to help listed clients boost share prices; then started Templars Communications, a strategic communications firm specializing in financial services, with clients including London boutique investment firms. 2013, founded the Social Media Charter, an organization that provides firms and regulators social media compliance guidance. Speaker on regulation, digital and social media, including on World Economic Forum panels at the Annual Meeting in Davos as well as on the BBC, Radio 4 and CNBC.

Marlon Parker

Founder, RLabs, South Africa

Social entrepreneur and advocate of using technology for social good. Passion for community development has influenced work and led to being Founder, Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) a global movement with activities in 23 countries. Alumnus, President Obama's Young African Leaders initiative. Listed as one of the 100 World Class South Africans (2013); Honorary Faculty Member, International School of Digital Transformation. Expertise: inclusive business, mobile and Internet technology, innovation spaces, design thinking, education, economic empowerment, hope economy, social entrepreneurship.

Sam Kass

Partner, Acre Venture Partners, USA

Sam led food and nutrition policy for the Obama Administration, and was the Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign. He was also the chef for the Obamas. Sam is now focusing on the intersection of health, climate change and food systems in numerous ways through strategy work and investing.

Dave Duarte

Chief Executive Officer, Treeshake, South Africa

Helps build campaigns and movements for sustainable development. Clients include UN agencies, political parties, prominent activists, non-profits, as well as corporate brands. Approach combines data science, behavioural insights, and storytelling.

Chairman at the Reach Trust, has provided over 10m South Africans with access to learning materials and support via mobile phones.

Founding Director of the founder of the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, helping one of the world's leading ad agency groups stay on the cutting edge of communications innovation.

Previously Director at the Mail & Guardian news group; Programme Director at the University of Cape Town; founder of social media agency, Cerebra (later sold to WPP); and headed up Creative Commons South Africa

Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan

Associate Professor, Xiamen University, People's Republic of China

Tonni Kurniawan is an Associate Professor at the Xiamen University in the People’s Republic of China. Kurniawan’s research focuses on wastewater treatment and water purification, specifically the applications of water technologies to remove heavy metals from contaminated water. His work seeks to capture water directly from non-traditional sources such as municipal wastewater and restore it to near drinking water quality using low-cost absorbents to remove aquatic pollutants. Significant contribution to research and applied technology in the field of water treatment has earned him special recognition from scientific organizations. Recently, Kurniawan has been identified by the Institute for Scientific Information-Thompson Reuters among the top 1% of researchers in the field of engineering. He received his PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a specialization in applied technology.