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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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Yulia Shakhnovskaya

Director, The Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, Russian Federation

Ms. Shakhnovskaya was born in 1979 and graduated from Faculty of Law, Moscow State University in 2001. She has worked in Russian and international law firms, then held numerous leadership positions at RAO UES, the former electric power monopoly of Russia. At the time, the company underwent a period of extraordinary reorganization as the liberalisation of utility market was happening in Russia. In 2008-2009 as Director of the Iris Art Support and Development Foundation she managed the creation and construction of the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture and organization of large-scale projects, including exhibitions of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and François Pinault Foundation collection. The Garage Center has become the leading modern art exhibition centre in Russia. Since 2009 she held leading positions at the Polytechnic Museum, national science and technology museum first as the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation leading an unprecedented $500m fundraising campaign for the Museum's new building and the renovation of its historical building. Since 2013, she is the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum itself leading its transformation from an old-style Soviet institution to a modern science museum.

Simón Gaviria Muñoz

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA

Economist from Pennsylvania University, emphasis in Mathematics, Econometrics and Political Sciences, with award-winning thesis about pension’s reform. He served as a Director of the Colombian Liberal Party. He was elected as member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia during two consecutive terms. In his early career, he worked as a financial analyst at JP MORGAN CHASE CORPORATE FINANCE in New York. Since August 2014, he is the General Director of the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia.

Ng Yeen Seen

Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Research, Advisory and Technology (CREATE), Malaysia

Ms Ng Yeen Seen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Research, Advisory and Technology ( CREATE). She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.

Yeen Seen is a Council Member of the Entrepreneurial Development Council of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. She sits on the board of the Global Institute of Women Empowerment (GIWE) and serves as an Advisory Council Member at the Women Institute of Malaysia (WIM) and the Center for Better Tomorrow (CENBET). She was the UNESCO Steering Committee for Youth Leading Change for Peace in ASEAN.

Yeen Seen is the Founder of #OpsHarapan, a grassroots movement when the worst flood hit the East-Coast of Peninsular Malaysia in 2014. Today, the movement continues their work in nation building by bringing hopes and opportunities to local communities.

An Accounting graduate of Cardiff University, UK; she holds a postgraduate degree in Education Policy from Warwick University, UK.

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.

Natalie Payida Jabangwe

Chief Executive Officer, EcoCash Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Ms. Jabangwe is currently the youngest chief executive to run a mobile money business in Africa, EcoCash. EcoCash is Zimbabwe’s leading and fastest-growing mobile money service in Africa of telecoms giant, Econet Wireless and was the 2017 Corporate recipient of the Mobile World Congress "Best Mobile Payment Solution", Glomo Awards. With over 11 years of experience in FinTech, she began her career as a software engineer, eventually moving to Investment banking and retail banking sectors, across the EMEA region. Prior to joining EcoCash, she was a Senior Mobile Financial Services Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation, where she developed NCR’s digital financial service strategy across 52 countries. She is a seasoned researcher and enthusiastic digital strategist with deep financial services and technology development experience. Natalie holds a BSc Information Technology and an Executive M.B.A. (Specialisation in Hi-tech Strategy and Corporate Turnaround) from Imperial College London, UK. She is 2017 Oxford University Tutu Fellow. In 2017, Ms. Jabangwe became a member of YPO Africa.

Julia Andrea R. Abad

Executive Director, Far Eastern University Public Policy Center, Philippines

Julia has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of politics, public policy and social development. She served as Chief of Staff to the President of the Philippines and as a senior staffer at the Philippine Senate. Julia has also worked on several successful campaigns for national office. Prior to her stint in government, Julia worked as an educator, lecturing in political science and helping to develop a citizenship curriculum for young children. She has also worked in the non-profit sector as a researcher and communications specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, which she attended as a Fulbright scholar. Julia is passionate about growing the space for people to be meaningfully engaged in public issues. Aside from mentoring young staffers at the Office of the President and other executive offices, Julia has also conducted leadership training for legislative staffers. She was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and recognised as one of Manila's 40 under 40 Leaders in International Development by devex.com in 2013.

Nicolas Hazard

Founder, INCO, France

Master's degrees in Business, Economics and Politics, Paris I/Sorbonne, FU Berlin, HEC, Sciences-Po. Serial entrepreneur in social business. Founder of INCO, an organization supporting social enterprises throughout the world. President, CALSO, a non-profit organization based in California.
President of the Strategic Committee of the City of Paris.
Author: Capitalism for all, 20 enterprises that change the world, an essay; L'entreprise du XXIème siècle sera sociale ou ne sera pas; La ruée des licornes.
Writes a monthly column in Le Monde on social enterprises. Regularly contributes to The Guardian and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Interests: cycling, skiing and tennis.

Alexander Geiser

Managing Partner, Hering Schuppener Consulting Strategieberatung für Kommunikation GmbH, Germany

Alexander Geiser is Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener, one of the leading corporate and financial public relations firms in the world. Based in Frankfurt, Geiser has advised on more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 75 CEO changes. Geiser studied economics and politics at Western University in Canada, and completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University, INSEAD, and Oxford.

Catherine Raw

Chief Financial Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada

Catherine Raw was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Barrick in April 2016, having joined the company in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance. She was previously a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining equity funds. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a MA in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.