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The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community of innovators from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Search current members and alumni by year awarded, sector or region.

Pardis Sabeti

Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at Harvard University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, viral sequencing, information theory, rural disease surveillance and education efforts in West Africa. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and Babesiosis microtia. She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training over seventy African scientists through summer-long educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Sabeti has received numerous awards and honors including World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as one of the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential. She is also the host of ‘Against All Odds’ included as part of AP stats classes nationwide, and is the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days.

Daniel Sachs

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Open Society Foundations, USA

Daniel Sachs is the founder and CEO of P Capital Partners (PCP), a leading corporate lender and strategic financial partner to entrepreneurial and family-owned companies in Northern Europe. PCP is also the manager of PCP Transition Partner Fund, a leading impact credit fund active in funding renewable energy, circular business models as well as other impactful ventures within the sustainability transition.

Through the Daniel Sachs Foundation, he is engaged in openness, culture, diversity, and democratic development and the founder of several organizations working to reimagine politics, among them Apolitical Foundation and Multitudes Foundation.

He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) as well as Chairman of the OSF Investment Committee. Sachs is also a board member of Wallenberg Investments AB, a member of the panel of senior advisors to the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and a founding council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Sachs is also involved in the arts i.a. in film production through Kärnfilm.

Hayley Saddington

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Halo Medical Devices, Australia

Passionate about people and helping them recover and thrive! I started Halo Medical to change global health care equality. After my father’s farming accident I wanted everyone, no matter how far they lived from healthcare and no matter what they could afford, to receive​ the healthcare they needed to recover optimally.

Starting Peak Medical, incorporating Artificial intelligence within a digital health platform to deliver care in the home.

We want to positively impact the 46Billion dollar Orthopaedic Industry, reaching to help over 3 million joint replacement patients by 2030 with our new tech, Halo Buddy.

Open to collaborative partners.

Ewa Sadowska

Coordinator, BARKA Network of Support to European Minority Groups, Belgium

Master's in Ethno-Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; postgraduate degree in Social Economy Management, Warsaw University. Grew up in Barka communities and social enterprises integrating marginalized groups of people with society and labour market. Formerly: International Contacts' Coordinator, Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland; 2003, Planning Officer, Population and Community Development Association, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently: Coordinator, European Migrants' Integration Network; since 2007, current position. Member of the Board, Trustees, Barka Foundation. Interests: non-standard languages, culture of South-East Asia, theatre, singing, dance, playing guitar, sailing, Greek literature and philosophy.

Kaitlyn Sadtler

Investigator; Chief of Section, Immunoengineering, National Institutes of Health, USA

Kaitlyn Sadtler is a scientist and Chief of the Section on Immuno-Engineering at the National Institutes of Health. She began her lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering working on the molecular mechanisms of immune activation in the foreign body response with Dr Robert Langer (founder of Moderna). There, she was awarded a competitive NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work on immunology and tissue engineering. She completed her PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she showed a critical role for Th2-T cells in biomaterial-mediated muscle regeneration. Her research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Methods, Nature Communications and Science Translational Medicine. She was recognized as a 2018 TED Fellow and delivered a TED talk that was listed as one of the top-viewed talks of 2018. Sadtler was selected for the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science and received the 2021 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins University. Since starting her laboratory at the NIH, she has lent her lab's expertise to the fight against COVID-19, launching the NIH Serologic Survey, detecting 16.8 million undiagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections in the US via remote blood sampling and antibody testing. This work continues as the team works to map the spread of the pandemic in the US from 2020 through 2021.

Sara Saeed

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sehat Kahani, Pakistan

Sara Saeed Khurram is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sehat Kahani, an all-female health provider network working to create quality, cost-effective, ICT-enabled health care solutions for communities in Pakistan. Saeed Khurram has won numerous honours for her work, including the 2019 Rolex Awards for Enterprise (Associate Laureate), TIAW Award, CRDF Global Award, Ashoka Changemakers, ISIF Asia, The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, 2016 UNICEF Global Goal Campaigner Award and 2017 Arpatech Young Entrepreneurs Award. She is also a Cartier Awards finalist and the first frontier Innovator from Pakistan. Saeed Khurram is also a 2016 Acumen Fellow, TedX speaker, Cherie Blair Foundation alumnus and Amplify Fund grantee. She completed her medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan and MPH from the Aga Khan University of Health Sciences.

Sharad Vivek Sagar

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dexterity Global, India

Sharad Vivek Sagar is Founder and CEO of The Dexterity Global Group. He is a globally renowned social entrepreneur, noted thought leader, powerful orator and a widely followed youth icon. Raised in a small village in India, Sagar founded the national organization Dexterity Global aged 16. Today, scholars and leaders trained in the Dexterity system have received over $1.75 billion in scholarships from leading universities around the world, served as India’s ambassadors to global platforms, won 1,000+ national and international awards and launched their own leadership initiatives. The Telegraph newspaper noted, “Dexterity is building the future of India.” President Barack Obama invited Sagar to the White House. Forbes listed him on the Global Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Rockefeller Foundation inducted him in the list of 100 Next Century Innovators. The Nobel Peace Center invited him to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. He was included in the Queen’s Young Leader list. India’s most watched television show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), invited him as the youngest Expert on the show. Sagar graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree and Harvard University with a Master’s degree on full scholarships. At Tufts University, he was the first Indian in 160 years of university history to be selected the Graduation Speaker. At Harvard University, he became the first Indian to be elected the President of Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017, he became the youngest Indian to be invited as the Chief Guest and Convocation Speaker of a university and in 2024 he became one of the youngest in the world to receive an honorary doctorate “for his outstanding contributions and attainments in the field of social entrepreneurship and leadership”. In 2022, India’s leading newspaper Dainik Jagran bestowed upon Sagar the Editor’s Choice Award for India’s Youth Icon “for representing the bold face of young India and redefining education and leadership for millions of young Indians”.

Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, USA

Dr. Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 26 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area over 6.5 million square km. 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy, 2021 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2021 Prince Albert I Grand Medal. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Zainab Salbi

Founder, Women for Women International, USA

Zainab Salbi is the Founder of Women for Women International, an organization that works with women war survivors. Under her leadership, the organization has served 300,000 women in conflict and post-conflict countries and distributed more than US$ 100 million in direct financial aid and loans.
Salbi is the author of three books - “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing up in the Shadow of Saddam” and “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope” and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care”. In 2011, she was named one of the top 100 most influential women by The Guardian, Newsweek and the Tony Blair Foundation, and the most influential women in America by PBS Maker's series. She is also one of 22 leaders with the Clinton Global Initiative Lead. Salbi's work has received frequent media attention, including 10 appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently focusing on featuring the role of Arab women in the Arab awakening through several media projects.

Vivek Salgaocar

Managing Director and Founder, Prospect Innovation PTE LTD, Singapore

Vivek Salgaocar is an experienced operator, innovator, creator, and investor. He is founder of Prospect Innovation, a first-of-its-kind ecosystem supporting start-ups and innovators as they build, pilot and scale frontier technologies to address the biggest challenges facing the natural resource and mining industries in a sustainable and socially responsible way. He is Director at the Vimson Group, a family-owned conglomerate with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services. The group is also actively involved in philanthropic initiatives, particularly in healthcare and sports. Within the Minerals Division at the Vimson Group, Salgaocar oversees sales, marketing and trading, along with global business development and expansion. As Co-Head of the Vimson Group Family Office, he spearheaded the efforts to create and institutionalise a multi-asset, multi-strategy investment enterprise with global interests.

Vivek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA summa cum laude, from Emory University. He was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2020 and served on its Advisory Group. He is also a part of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute. Vivek is a Board Member, Chair of the Outreach Committee and Member of the Governance Committee of Magic Bus, whose mission to alleviate poverty by taking individuals from childhood to livelihood. The organisation currently has roughly 500,000 participants and successfully secured over 87,000 white-collar job placements in 2022.

He is a Board Member of the Global Family Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, and a member of the Singapore Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He serves as the Group’s representative to the Confederation of Indian Industries’ India Business Forum, Singapore Business Federation, and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Sandro Salsano

President, Salsano Group, USA

President, Salsano Group - a multi billion dollar private conglomerate holding company investing in private equity, venture capital and real estate globally. Named by Forbes as Warren Buffett of Central America and one of the world iconic visionary. Chairman, Salsano Family Office. Chairman and Trustee, Salsano Shahani Foundation. Trustee, University of San Diego California and Member of Investment Committee for the University Endowment. Chairman, Global Dignity. Member of the Judging Academy for the World’s Best School Prize. Partner of Tent Partnership for Refugees. Steering Committee Member of 1640 Society. Angel and Venture capitalist. Milken Institute Global Capital Markets Council. Former basketball player. Ypo. Wef Young Global Leader and Advisory Board. Graduate Bocconi University, Italy with full grades; MBA Exchange program University of San Diego, California; Also studied at Harvard Business School, Incae, Princeton and Oxford University. Married to his wife since 2014 with two kids.

Phani Sama

Adviser, Westbridge Capital, India

Phanindra Sama (Phani), is an Advisor at Westbridge Capital, and is based in Bangalore, India.

Phani founded redBus.com, the world’s largest online bus ticketing company with operations in 6 countries. After exiting redBus, Phani Co-Founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture based in his hometown Nizamabad that scaled to 250+ full time staff. In his latest role, he served the Government as the Chief Innovation Officer, Govt. of Telangana.