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
Co-Founder & CEO of Whyise, Founding Partner of Kaamen
Reem Khouri is passionate about impact. She is the co-founder and CEO of Whyise, an impact analytics software solution that allows organizations to aggregate their data and analyze it for exponential impact as well as map their operations against international frameworks such as the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and comply with frameworks such as IFC ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) standards and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) among others. They are also leveraging Artificial intelligence to understand the variables affecting impact in an evidence-based manner and blockchain infrastructure to generate impact based smart contracts.
She is also the founding partner of Kaamen, an impact design company that has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with governments, companies and NGOs to design models for exponential economic and social returns.
She served on numerous boards and is an associate at 3BL Associates, a people + planet strategy consultancy and is a faculty member at Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya and is a board member of Ruwwad for Development, a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing.
She previously worked with Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation solutions providers and served on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO Fadi Ghandour on sustainability, strategic initiatives, research and support for entrepreneurs.
She was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Javier Olivan is the VP of Growth at Facebook. He is responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, setting strategy and driving the growth of Facebook’s global user base. He oversees user adoption, product analytics and internationalization efforts; he champions core products including Facebook Messenger and leads key initiatives including internet.org. Prior to Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile. Earlier, he worked for NTT in Japan developing software that enabled high-quality, mobile video transmission. Javier holds an MBA from Stanford University and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Navarra
Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugees, and he has undertaken extensive fieldwork in Africa. He is author of numerous books, including 'Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System' (with Paul Collier). He has previously worked for UNHCR, and served as an advisor to a range of humanitarian organisations. He has written for Foreign Affairs, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and appears regularly on the BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera. He was named in Foreign Policy magazine's list of top 100 global thinkers of 2016. He is founder of the Humanitarian Innovation Project.
Zoe Butt is a curator and writer based in Vietnam. Her curatorial practice centres on building critically thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among countries of the global south. She is currently Artistic Director of the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Vietnam’s first purpose-built space for contemporary art. She formerly served as: Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, an independent contemporary art space in Ho Chi Minh City (2009-2016); Director, International Programs, Long March Project, Beijing, China (2007-2009) and Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2001-2007). Zoe has been published by Hatje Cantz, Germany; Art Review, London/Hong Kong; Art Asia Pacific, Hong Kong; Independent Curators International, New York; Lalit Kala Akademi, India; Artlink, Australia; Printed Projects, Ireland, JRP-Ringier, Zurich; Routledge, London; Sternberg Press, Berlin, amongst others. She is also a member of the Asian Art Council for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2015. In 2019, Zoe presents ‘Journey Beyond The Arrow’, one of three exhibitions, as part of the 14th Sharjah Biennial.
Her curatorial projects include interdisciplinary dialogue platforms such as Conscious Realities (2013-2016); the online exhibition Embedded South(s) (2016); and group exhibitions of Vietnamese and international artists at various venues such as the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and Sàn Art, Vietnam; Carre d'art-Musee d'art Contemporain de Nimes, France; Kadist Art Foundation, USA; Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia, amongst others.
Emilia was born in Romania, to a family of modest means. Today, at 34, she is heading the Business Division for Anglo markets (Australia, Ireland, UK) and Global Lines (Corporate & Specialty, Credit insurance and reinsurance) at Allianz Group reporting directly to an Allianz Group Board member. Previously she was the CFO of a large reinsurance company, has lived in five countries and has several degrees. With her career firmly on track, she is looking for opportunities to follow her other passions, in particular psychology and social policy.
In her current role, Emilia supports the Allianz SE Board member in the role as shareholder representative, accountable and responsible for business development and results in own region (ca. 22bn EUR turnover) including: monitoring and steering business development against targets; driving strategic and planning management dialogues; participating in local committees and Boards; closely monitoring competitor and market activities and acting as gate opener and interface between Group Centers and local operating entities.
Previously, she was responsible for the finance function of one of the group’s reinsurance businesses, based in Ireland. With a team of six, she had responsibility for a turnover of over € 1 billion. During her time as CFO, turnover has tripled.
Emilia holds two Bachelor degrees for which she studied simultaneously. While her primary interest was in Psychology, this area of work was not highly valued in her native Romania, so she added Business Administration. During her undergraduate studies, she spent summers working two jobs in the US, to be able to financially support herself in pursuing an international post-grad degree. Having ultimately been denied a visa for the US, she went on to complete a Masters in Insurance and Risk Management in Italy instead.
Shortly afterwards, Emilia started as an intern at Allianz SE in Germany. Two years later, she changed to Group Planning and Controlling, where she was responsible for the controlling of the entire Property and Casualty segment of the Allianz Group as well as for the controlling of three other operating entities. After another three years, she was promoted to CFO of one of Allianz’s key international reinsurance businesses where she spent 3 years. Having accomplished her goals in the finance function, Emilia was looking to come back to Group HQ in a more strategic role, hence her new Business Division responsibilities.
Emilia is fluent in three languages and can converse in another three. To date, she has lived in five countries and has visited countries on five continents, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cape Verde, South Africa and N. America (US, Canada).
Partner at Dalberg Advisors. Based in Nairobi, advises corporations, developing country governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, international organizations, foundations and non-governmental organizations on a range of emerging market issues, including strategy, market entry, operational efficiency, new business models and initiative implementation.
Young Global Leader (2015), Member, Global Agenda Council on Africa (2012-14) and Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience (2014-16). Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.
Serve on The Nature Conservancy Africa Council, The Amref International University Council and Boards of Nabo Capital, Moringa School and Digital Green. BA, Amherst College. Formerly: Director, Clinton Foundation, and BA, McKinsey & Company.
Ms. Ameera Shah is the Managing Director and CEO of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a highly respected and multinational chain of diagnostic centers. She has revolutionized the pathology industry from being a doctor led practice to a professional corporate group in an extremely unregulated, competitive and fragmented market. Under her leadership, Metropolis has been the first to create a sustainable business model for pathology, the first to traverse in to emerging markets & the first to implement global standards of quality in all its processes & systems. Ms. Shah received a degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and has also completed the prestigious Owner-President Management Program at Harvard Business School. She was conferred with ‘The Young entrepreneur of the Year Award’ by GE in 2006 and ‘The Young Achiever of the Year Award’ at the CMO Asia Awards in 2011. She was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Ye ar Award’ in 2011 organized by Entrepreneur India and Bloomberg. She has been honored with ‘Exemplary Women Leadership award’ at the World Women Leadership and Congress awards 2014. She has been chosen as one of the most respected leaders under 40 years by Economic Times & Spencer Stuart (2014). Recently Forbes Asia listed Ms. Shah in the Asia’s Most Powerful Women 2015 for powering the rise of Metropolis Healthcare and brining a significant shift in the diagnostics industry. She is one among the only 12 Indian Women to be featured in this globally acclaimed list. Ms Shah has also been featured in the acclaimed ‘Young Global Leader’ list brought out by the prestigious ‘World Economic Forum’ in 2015.
As an entrepreneur I have founded some succesfull startups in Denmark. Start-ups which I still own and love to see develop even furtuer. I like to challenge existing business models and change the market places by involving talented employees and give them responsibility to develop the business and themselves. I also like to engage into social projects where the value added for the society and other stakeholders are being measured and where contribution makes sense and adds value at the same time.
Founder & Editor in Chief, “WHERE ART and SCIENCE FALL IN LOVE”, 2011-Present. Senior Creative Director, HAKUHODO Inc., 1998-Present. Former Juror at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Asia Pacific Advertising Festival, and Clio Awards. BA from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Master of Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.