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.
Juan Carlos Ortiz
Multiawarded at the Cannes Festival, Ortiz won the first Film Gold Lion at Cannes Festival in
Colombian history with a campaign for the
government program against drugs. Ortiz collects
several awards in advertising competitions all
over the world.
Ortiz was a member of the jury in the Titanium &
Integrated and Outdoors categories at the
prestigious Cannes Festival. This year was
appointed President of the Jury in the Outdoors
category at the Cannes Festival.
John B. Osborn
John Osborn was recently appointed as the Director for Ad Net Zero (ANZ) in the United States in October, 2022. Originally launched in the UK, ANZ has grown to over 100 supporting companies, and now counts over 50 supporters in the US, which officially launched in early February this year. Under John's leadership, ANZ's mission is to leverage the power of its supporters, alongside the ANA, 4As and IAB, to educate, set benchmarks & standards, measure and take action to lower the carbon emissions associated across all advertising-related operations. Prior to ANZ, John was CEO of OMD in the US over five years from 2017 until August of 2022. John's experience also includes 25 years of service at BBDO, where he was President & CEO for 13 consecutive years prior to joining OMD. John has a wealth of non-profit board experience including the Red Cross of Greater New York, Global Dignity, Police Athletic League, AdCouncil, AAF and more.
Eva Otieno is a connector between governments and institutional investors to channel much needed capital into Africa. As a strategist, she discusses Africa-focused market opportunities in order to attract financial flows into the region's local currency and hard currency fixed-income securities. Otieno has led roadshows in the region with investors that have combined assets under management of an estimated $50 billion, which is substantial capital that is seeking for robust returns in frontier Africa. Otieno also participates in thought leadership and media events through providing market insights where solutions are deliberated on how to attract capital into the region. In her role, she also engages with policy-makers to discuss solutions in fixed-income markets. Eva also engages with corporate clients where she provides market insights. This information assists the clients in making decisions as to which country to invest in bringing much needed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Jill Otto is a Managing Director and Partner of the Grausam Otto Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Previously, she was an UHNW Banker at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she built the Financial Institutions and Sponsors Group in Florida. Prior to moving to Miami, Jill ran, in New York, business development for J.P. Morgan’s Global Investment Opportunities Group (GIO), a multi-asset class investment desk for institutional UHNW clients of J.P Morgan. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she managed the investment offices in Rio de Janeiro and Paris of her family's 75 year old business. Jill sits on the board of the Center for Faith and Culture at Yale University's Divinity School. She sat on the board of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami and was a member of the Group of Fifty (G50), a select group of private business leaders from Latin America. In 2010, Jill was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum where she helped build the Family and Private Company Community. Her other past board memberships include serving for International Planned Parenthood, the alumni councils of Princeton University and Phillips Academy Andover. Jill received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Arts from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
Alec Oxenford is an ecommerce expert and entrepreneur from Argentina. He is a cofounder of letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally. The app – which has raised over $375M in funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners and others since launching in 2015 – has already been downloaded over 45M times. Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups” by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo is built on cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, image recognition and machine learning. It’s drawn recent attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and others.
Oxenford previously co-founded OLX, a high growth markets-focused online classifieds platform. Today, OLX is one of the most trafficked Internet platforms globally and installed on hundreds of millions of devices in dozens of countries like India and Brazil. He launched the company with cofounder Fabrice Grinda in 2006. Oxenford continues to serve as Chairman of OLX, which today is owned and operated by Naspers.
In 1999, Oxenford cofounded DeRemate, one of the two largest online trading platforms in Latin America, which he later sold to an eBay affiliate in 2005. He was also cofounder of DineroMail.com, a popular payment platform in Latin America, and previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group.
Oxenford received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is active with the Harvard Club of Argentina. He was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006 and serves as President of ArteBA. Oxenford received the CNN Internet Leader Award in 2001 and the Entrepreneur Award in 2003. He has been a featured commentator on CNN and Bloomberg, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch and Recode, among others.
Rajiv Pant is a well-respected product, design, and engineering executive and entrepreneur. As General Manager of Technology Platforms, he leads product, design, engineering, and technology operations for Hearst Magazines, Hearst Autos, and CDS Global, Inc. He served as Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company. He has been advising the AI startup you.com since its beginning. He served as Chief Product & Technology Officer of The Wall Street Journal, responsible for Product, Design, and Engineering where he reported jointly to the WSJ editor-in-chief and to Dow Jones corporate. He was then promoted to Deputy CTO of News Corp, parent company of WSJ and several other global brands. Previously, as CTO of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over four years. Earlier, he headed up digital technology at Conde Nast for four years, where he managed multiple successful teams including Reddit. His leadership experience includes CTO of Cox Media Group, VP Engineering at Knight Ridder, and roles at startups. He has experience building and supervising small teams to 400+ employees. He received several prestigious awards during his career including being honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. He serves as a regular in-person volunteer with the charity New York Cares, especially during the pandemic when help is needed most.
Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. PhD in Economics, New York University. Former Manager of the Chilean sovereign wealth funds, with assets under management of $22 billion. International Consultant, advising central banks and governments of Colombia, Guyana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama and Papua New Guinea on fiscal policy and implementation of sovereign wealth funds. Former Chairman of the Regulatory Banking Authority of Chile (Superintendencia de Bancos) and Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School.
Catherine "Kitty" Parry
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.
Josef Penninger is the Founding Director of IMBA, a research initiative of the Austrian Academy of Sciences that promotes excellence in molecular biology and genetic research. Penninger is one of the world's leading mouse geneticists. In 2006, he received the Descartes Prize from the EU, the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine and the Carus Medal for his work on finding genes that control life and disease. He is also the youngest Member of the Academy of Sciences in Austria and holds professorships in Toronto, Vienna and Beijing. Penninger has published more than 300 scientific articles; he was the first to identify the key function of a gene that controls bone loss in osteoporosis, arthritis, bone metastases, AIDS patients and in children with leukaemia and also found genes that regulate pain, heart disease, the circadian clock and, recently, lung failure involved in bird flu and bioterrorism. He has a degree in Medicine, studied Art History and worked for many years in Toronto.
Founder and President, OneChild, empowering a movement of children and youth to combat child sex trafficking. Her career in child protection began at age 17, after playing the main role of the decoy in a STING operation with Sri Lankan authorities to apprehend a child sex perpetrator. Today, her career spans over a decade where she has investigated child sex tourism (CST) cases; lobbied across private, public, and civil society organizations to increase action against CST legislation; and provided shelter and long-term comprehensive care to hundreds of victims in Asia.
Canadian Youth Ambassador, UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. Youth Advocate, Global Partnership for Education. Adjudicator, Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 and World of Children Awards. Former Board Member, Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation. Youth Ambassador, Free the Children and Me to We. Mentor, Women’s Executive Network. Youth Volunteer, National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.
Recipient: Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 (2006), World of Children Honouree (2006) and Canada's Top 20 Under 20.
Lucas E. Pescarmona
Lucas Pescarmona is President of Mercantil Andina Compania de Seguros (insurance) and Chief Operating Officer of VENTI, one of the leading industrial groups in Latin America. VENTI has its core businesses in the manufacturing and developing of renewable energy equipment and power stations. The capital goods manufacturing (IMPSA) includes hydromechanical and wind generation equipment, development of hydropower stations and wind farms for electric power generation; waste management and environmental services; auto industry supplies; and property and casualty insurance (Mercantil Andina). Pescarmona holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MBA from Luigi Bocconi University.
Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; MBA, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth; executive certificates, Yale University and the Harvard Kennedy School. Entrepreneur harnessing business and philanthropic acumen to effect change where it is needed most in the globe. Formerly: Director, PineBridge Investments, participated in directing over $10 billion of private equity, hedge and real estate transactions globally; with AIG Investments, Friedman Billings Ramsey and Barclays Capital. Co-Founder and President, REALICITY, a technology-driven brokerage firm developed to manage marketing, streamline booking and communication, and automate the bidding process in a real estate transaction. Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer, MPOWERD, a solar product company with global distribution in more than 70 countries. Founded The Soleil Group, a strategy firm. Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Council of Urban Professionals. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Former: Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Member of the Advisory Board, George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now Fund. Interests: martial arts & transcendental meditation.