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
Billy Mawasha has been CEO of Kolobe Nala Investment Company (KNI) since April 2019.
Prior to KNI, Billy was Country Head - South Africa for Rio Tinto and Managing Director of Richard Bay Minerals. He previously held leadership, operational and technical roles at Anglo American (Kumba Iron Ore), the De Beers Group and AngloGold Ashanti. His career has given him deep exposure to mining operations and projects across the Africa continent.
Billy is a Certified Director (IoDSA) and a Non-Executive Director of Metair Investments (Pty) Ltd (MTA:SJ), Murray and Roberts Holdings Ltd (MUR:SJ) and Prieska Copper Zinc Mine, a subsidiary of Orion Minerals Ltd (ORN:SJ/ORN:AU). He is also a member of the Witwatersrand University Mining Advisory Council. In 2017, Billy was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and he joined the YGLs Advisory Group in March 2020.
Billy graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and has completed executive development programmes at Harvard Kennedy School, Kellogg School of Management, London Business School and GIBS in South Africa.
International Broadcaster and Host of The China Current. Interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health, including: Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Muhammad Yunus. Editor-at-Large, China-United States Exchange Foundation. Formerly, Guest Presenter, BBC World News and Main Anchor on China Central Television. 2016, appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. 2009-2016, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. Frequent public speaker; has chaired and moderated high-level international events led by Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Jack Ma, Justin Trudeau, and Laura Bush. Studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. Trustee, Menuhin Competition, MTV Staying Alive Foundation; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Elisa Vegas founded the first orchestra aimed at improving quality of life of Venezuelans through music and cultural change. She is a living example of how the arts unify people of very different backgrounds and beliefs.
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Dr. Rachel Schutt is the Chief Data Scientist at News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, New York Post, Times of London, The Sun, The Australian; Harper Collins, Move and Amplify. She is the co-author of the book "Doing Data Science" (O'Reilly, 2013) based on a class she created at Columbia University, where she is an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics, and a founding member of the education committee at the Data Science Institute.
Previously, Rachel was a statistician at Google Research and holds patents based on her work in the areas of social networks, large data sets, experimental design and machine learning.
In 2014, she was selected for Crain's New York Business 40 under 40.
She earned her PhD in Statistics from Columbia University, a Masters degree in mathematics from NYU, and a Masters degree in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from S tanford University. Her undergraduate degree is in Honors Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Daniel Hyunsung Shin
Daniel Hyunsung Shin is a young and passionate entrepreneur. His company, Ticket Monster, is one of the largest e-commerce companies in South Korea, with over 1,000 employees. In addition, he has been acting as the online incubator director. Prior to Ticket Monster, he was with McKinsey & Company. He received a BSc from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
"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.
A scientist pioneering the field of printed battery technology, Christine Ho invested safe, ultra-thin rechargeable flexible batteries that will revolutionize flexible electronics. The end result is in commercializing the technology to allow for unprecedented design freedom for manufacturers and bringing a new paradigm of cost-effective production.
Ms. Daubenspeck is a Managing Director and senior leader global business at a young age. Her professional network and achievements span industries from high tech, retail to healthcare. She has worked in complex environments that are influenced heavily by unions and local governments in health care and for state governments themselves – always looking for ‘win-win’ solutions for organisations and society. She has delivered programs globally in Philippines, China, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Brazil tackling global challenges. Having lead global teams, she has a unique appreciation for talent and opportunities that companies and communities face. With clients in the social media and high-tech space she has delivered mobile and cloud enabled solutions that center on the user experience and harnessing the digital revolution for customers and citizens. She has been a hugely influential sponsor of programs focused on expanding access to education, gender and job readiness. W ith a leadership role in Genesys Works, Towards Employment, and sponsor of Girl Rising Events, she leads in the communities in which she works. Through her career she has supported global organizations such as VSO, and an orphanage in Chennai India.