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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.

Katinka Barysch

Chief Human Right Officer, Allianz, Germany

Katinka is an economist, political analyst and consultant. Katinka started out at the Economist Group and then, for over a decade, she helped to build a highly successful policy think-tank in London, the CER. In 2018 she moved into the private sector, to take various leading roles at Allianz group. Katinka has been a successful writer and media commentator and an advisor to several governments, the European Commission, numerous banks and business federations. She was also Strategic Adviser to the Munich Security Conference; David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission; a WEF Young Global Leader and a Fellow at Chatham House. She studied at the London School of Economics and LMU Munich.

Andrew Bastawrous

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peek Vision, United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Bastawrous is Co-Founder & CEO of Peek Vision, a social impact organization which uses smartphone technology to radically increase access eye care in some of the most challenging places in the world. Andrew is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon), and Associate Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he teaches on public health for eye health and leads a research portfolio.

Andrew has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries including two years living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles focusing on international eye health and mobile technology in healthcare and has co-authored four book chapters.

Andrew was made a TED Fellow in 2014 and his TED talk has been viewed over one million times. Since then, Peek has run one of the top-ten all-time Indiegogo crowd-funding campaigns in the health sector, for Peek Retina, a smartphone ophthalmoscope.
Peek’s vision check app, Peek Acuity, launched on Google Play store in 2016 and is a certified medical device in use in over 150 countries. Peek's end-to-end services now incorporate their apps and hardware and have been used to transform eye health in Kenya, Botswana and India with new programmes with partners now running in Pakistan and Zimbabwe with plans to expand in to several new countries in 2020.

In 2018, Andrew was invited to address the Commonwealth Service in the presence of the British Royal Family, Prime Minister, and a global live TV and radio audience.

Andrew is working with major banks, eye health organisations and funders to develop innovative financing models for eye health with a $1Bn Vision Catalyst Fund, the subject of his 2018 TED Talk.

Anies Rasyid Baswedan

Founder, Indonesia Mengajar, Indonesia

BA in Economics, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia; MA in Public Management, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; PhD in Political Science, Northern Illinois University. 2007-15, Rector, Paramadina University. 2014-16, Minister of Education and Culture. Since 2017, Governor of Jakarta. Recipient: Nakasone Yasuhiro Award, Institute for International Policy Studies, Japan (2010). Named: one of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals, Foreign Policy Magazine (2008); one of the World's 20 Future Figures, Foresight Magazine, Japan (2010); one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims, Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2010).

Candice Beaumont

Chief Investment Officer, L Investments, USA

As CIO of L Investments, oversees capital allocation for the family office. Advisory Board Member, Family Office Association. Steering Committee Member: Yale University School of Management College of Family Offices; Princeton University Council of Family Offices and Endowments; NYU Stern Family Office Council. Chairman, Salsano Group. Served on Board of Directors: I2BF Venture Fund II; several charitable boards, including Most Valuable Kids of Greater New York, and Care for Kenya. Thought leader and active speaker on family office investment allocation and diversification across fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, alternative energy and impact investing. Worked previously at Lazard Frères executing over $20 billion of merger and acquisition advisory assignments, and in private equity at Argonaut Capital. Trusted Insight: Top 30 Family Office Chief Investment Officers, Young Global Leader World Economic Forum. Active proponent of increasing women on boards. Former world-ranked professional tennis player.

Farida Bedwei

Software Engineer, Microsoft, Ghana

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Logiciel (Ghana) Ltd, a software company developing banking systems for the microfinance industry. Her role involves assessing the industry and coming up with practical solutions, which are easy to use by persons with no formal banking training. She believes the informal sector, which make up between 60%-70% of the population across Africa, deserve the same banking services as those in the formal sector. Thus by building affordable banking systems for them, the microfinance industry will be able to realize their full potential and offer adequate banking services to their customers.

Prior to co-founding Logiciel, Farida worked in the telecom software industry, developing mobile gateways and services for mobile networks and content providers.

Farida is also an author and a disability-rights advocate, and has been featured on many media platforms, notable amongst this is C NN African Voices in February 2015. She has also won a number of local and international awards, and was adjudged the most influential woman in business and governance (finance sector) for her work in computerizing the microfinance industry. She currently serves on the Board of the National Communication Authority and Sharecare Ghana (an NGO which raises awareness for persons with autoimmune and neurological conditions).

Brian Behlendorf

Chief Technology Officer, Open Source Security Foundation, Linux Foundation, USA

Brian is Managing Director of the Open Source Security Foundation, a software consortium hosted at the Linux Foundation focused on securing the global software supply chain. He also serves on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, Filecoin Foundation, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Formerly he was Chief Technology Officer at the World Economic Forum; Founder and Chief Technology Officer, CollabNet, a company focused on bringing open source collaborative software development tools and methodologies into enterprise environments; and an advisor at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House in 2009 and 2010. Brian co-founded and served as the Founding President of the Apache Software Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that organizes volunteer open source software development projects around key Internet technologies.

Moustapha Ben Barka

Vice President, Banque Ouest Africaine de Dévelopement (BOAD), Togo

Mr. Moustapha Ben Barka is Deputy Secretary General at the Office of the President of the Republic of Mali. From 2013 to 2015, He has served in the Government of Mali as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in charge of Investment Promotion and Private Sector and Minister of Industry and Investment Promotion. Prior to joining the Government of Mali, Mr Ben Barka worked as Director for a Moroccan investment bank based in Senegal to manage Project finance and Structured finance transactions in West Africa. Before deciding to come back to Africa to contribute to its development, Mr. Ben Barka worked for the National Bank of Canada where he held the positions of Analyst, Senior Analyst and Internal Auditor at he Treasury and Financial Markets department. Mr. Ben Barka holds an Executive MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, a Graduate Certificate from McGill University and a Bachelor in Finance and Inte rnational Business from HEC Montréal. Web presence

Dan Berelowitz

Chief Executive Officer, Jubilee Foundation, United Kingdom

Dan is Founder & CEO of Spring Impact. Spring works with the world’s most promising social solutions – to end the world’s greatest social needs. At Spring, Dan has developed successful scaling strategies for over 140 organisations including Nike Foundation, Shell Foundation, Oxfam, PSI and Health Foundation. Dan developed Scale Accelerator, a programme to scale up the grantees of the 9 largest funders in the UK. Dan authored the Social Replication Toolkit which has been used by over 4000 social ventures globally. Dan is a regular presenter, writer, Clore Social Leadership Fellow, Young Global Leader at WEF, has a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programme. He is a founding Trustee of the Bike Project for refugees and asylum seekers.

Barbara Ann Bernard

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Wincrest Capital Ltd, Bahamas

Founder & Chief Investment Officer of asset management firm, Wincrest Capital. Barbara Ann was named as one of the top 50 Women in Hedge Funds globally by Ernst & Young and the Hedge Fund Journal in 2019. She co-founded the Variant Perspectives: Women in Value Investing Conference and was honored as a Young Global Leader in 2018 by the World Economic Forum. Her passion for investing goes back to her days of growing up in The Bahamas where as a teenager she persuaded legendary value investor Sir John Templeton, a fellow Bahamian resident, to take her on board for the first of what would become a series of summer jobs at Templeton, instilling a fundamental value-oriented investment approach to the public markets. Later, working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, followed by alternative asset management at Deutsche Bank, and as an investment analyst at Holowesko Partners, she acquired a robust grasp of private market valuation and the hedge fund industry. Today, she is the portfolio manager of the Wincrest Contraria Fund, which is a global long/short equity fund of niche, esoteric investment ideas based on bottom-up "Go-See & Verify" research. Barbara Ann is a graduate of Li Po Chun United World Colleges ("UWC") in Hong Kong, Lakefield College School in Canada, and the London School of Economics, where she Chaired the LSE Business Society. She is currently a Director of the Lyford Cay Foundation and Chair of the UWC Bahamian National Committee.

Mohamed Alami Berrada

Vice-President, Yasmine Group, Morocco

Development Director, Yasmine Group, Morocco
ex-Counsellor of the Head of Governement-Morocco / Youth Employment (2017- today)
In charge of the TIZI Leadership Institute,
Graduated of ESSEC MBA (2003),
Leadership Executive Education Programms - Harvard Kennedy School (2011, 2015)
Political Communication Executive Education Programms - Hertie School of Governance (2009 ,2010).

Member of the Board of Yasmine Group (2010- today)
General Manager of Yasmine, Orfèvre de l'Immobilier (Real Estate) (2007-2017)

Co-founder of the Moroccan Leadership NGOs : 'Tariq Ibnou Ziyad Initiative-TIZI' (2011) and 'Les Citoyens'(2016).

Since 2012, he is in charge of the TIZI Leadership Institute which aims at promoting Leadership in Morocco and at identifying Moroccan Young Leaders .

Professor in Moroccan Engineering Shools (EHTP 2007-2015, Centrale Casablanca 2017)

Author of 'Be MiZen, grande fugues et petites réflexions' (2006-Senso Unico), 'De nos mains, un Maroc juste nous construirons' (2011 - TIZI Editions), 'Lettre à mon fils, le Maroc à construire pour le XXIème siècle' (2017-Senso Unico Editions).

Caroline Berube

Managing Partner, HJM Asia Law and Co. LLC, People's Republic of China

With entrepreneurship running in her blood, Caroline has always been seeking the next big innovative challenge. As a young Canadian lawyer fresh out of McGill Law School, Caroline took the leap in moving to Asia in 1998 and has spent her life becoming an expert in Asian law with the goal to demystify Asia to SMEs and PE firms from the Western part of the world and contribute to their expansion in Asia.

It wasn’t long before she became the go-to source for people and SMEs and PE firms who want to understand how to grow the Asian market and navigate the Asian legal landscape successfully.

Today, she has an established reputation in the international business community as an entrepreneur of 5 start up over the last 2 decades and an expert advisor on M&A cross-border transactions, commercial law, technology transfer and intellectual property matters and has been the managing director of HJM Asia Law for the past 16 years.

In Caroline’s life, the only constant is growth.

She convinced her younger brother, Maxime, a trained industrial engineer, to join her in China in 2005 when they founded their first business, Jade & Co, a consulting firm for SMEs expanding in Asia offering engineering, legal, marketing and accounting services.

Later, in 2007, Caroline and Maxime founded AsiaTech QC, an automated quality control platform for engineering products manufactured in China, and significantly grew the value of the company, leading to its acquisition in 2013.

In 2010, the duo started Komaspec who is now a leading manufacturer of high-end metal and plastic industrial products based in Guangzhou, China. Today, the company boasts three state-of-the-art smart manufacturing facilities, employs 200+ workers, and serves more than 100 customers in more than 25 countries worldwide, recording 30% YoY growth with a turnover of more than USD 17 millions in 2022. At present, Caroline acts as board member of Komaspec.

A few years later, in 2016, she combined her entrepreneurial background with legal expertise, to bring to market ProsocecAsia, an innovative company providing secretarial, accounting, and compliance services for SMEs companies alongside an automated platform for compliance.

In 2015, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and became a member of YPO in 2021.

Understanding the role of not just mentorship, but sponsors in achieving entrepreneurial success, Caroline set up her own non profit organisation in 2016. The Young E3 Entrepreneur Fund inspires and supports a new generation of young entrepreneurs between 16 and 25 years old, by connecting them with industry experts and sponsors who can help them build a strong foundation for business success. She raises funds to finance these projects through her runs and many other initiatives.

Viewing growth and knowledge sharing as two parts of the same equation, Caroline is a regular speaker at international conferences and has been a visiting professor at Université Laval (Canada), Bocconi University, and the Sorbonne Assas Law School. She has authored the practical book "Doing Business in China" published in French and English, and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Bloomberg, the Straits Times, the Business Times, Les Affaires, and La Presse.

She remains an active member of the international business community, sitting on multiple boards of listed and private companies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (President), the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the China Working Group of the International Bar Association, and is the appointed legal adviser of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. She is an independent director of Savaria (sis.to), a listed Canadian company in the mobility industry.

Katharina Beumelburg

Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, SLB, USA

Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer
Dr. Katharina Beumelburg is SLB’s chief strategy and sustainability officer, a role she has held since May 2021. Since joining, Katharina has led SLB to be the first company in the energy services industry to announce a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target inclusive of scope 3 and has been instrumental in building and executing the corporate strategy for the energy transition.