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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.

Rory Hunter

Chief Executive Officer, SoHo Partners, Australia

Entrepreneur. Chief Executive Officer, SoHo Partners. Founder, Song Saa Collective. Pioneers of sustainable development in South-East Asia. 2013, founded the Song Saa Foundation, an independent NGO dedicated to preserving Koh Rong’s underwater sanctuaries, providing alternative means of livelihood for its residents and bringing much-needed healthcare and education to the region. Speaker at international conferences, including the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organisation. Former advertising executive and worked for multinational firms including Saatchi and Saatchi. Graduate, Harvard Business School; studied sustainability and resilience, Stanford University; BEcon, Sydney University. Completed the Coast to Coast in 2015, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, set in New Zealand, in 17 hours; offshore sailor, downhill skier and long-distance runner.

Caroline Blanch Israel

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Australia

Caroline Blanch Israel is a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group. As a leader within the firm’s Consumer Practice, she works with some of the world’s leading consumer goods companies and retailers, specializing in the role of e-commerce, data and analytics to transform how people transact, work and live. Caroline is a deep believer in the power of technology and data to drive change and our collective responsibility to harness these for social and economic good. Outside of her work in digital and retail, Caroline chairs the People functions for BCG Australia & New Zealand and champions Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for BCG Asia Pacific, working to further representation, affiliation and community engagement including LGBTQIA+, cultural diversity and disability inclusion. She has been recognized as an INvolve HERoes Role Model for future women leaders in business. Caroline holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Law degree from the University of Melbourne, where she was awarded the law school’s highest honour, the Supreme Court Prize.

Andrew Kuper

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, LeapFrog Investment Group, Ltd., Australia

Jason Li Yat-Sen

Pro-Chancellor, University of Sydney, Australia

Degree (Hons) in Arts/Law, University of Sydney; Master's in Law, Australia's Hauser Global Fellow, New York University Law School. Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings, an investment group with interests in financial services, natural products and technology. Former: Youth Chair, NSW Ethnic Communities Council; Cultural Spokesperson, NSW Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; Director, National Centre for Volunteering; NSW Government's Sydney Metropolitan Strategy Group. Vice-Chair, Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, Beijing; Director, George Institute for Global Health and the Sydney Institute. Governor, Smith Family, one of Australia's largest charities. Senate Fellow, University of Sydney.

Lisa MacCallum

Founder, Inspired Companies, Australia

Founder and Chief strategist, Inspired Companies. A purpose led business framework and roadmap to transition business to a force the world can get behind. (www.inspiredcompanies.global)

Former NIKE Inc Vice President, with executive positions (2001-2014) spanning commercial, strategy and brand through to leadership of NIKE’s Corporate Philanthropy and Global Community Investments. Managing Director of the Nike Foundation and co-creator of the multi-award winning girleffect concept (www.girleffect.org).

Founding Chair of the World Sporting Goods Industry’s Physical Activity Commission. Co- author of Designedtomove. A Framework for Action and multi-sector global alliance to tackle global physical inactivity. (www.designedtomove.org)

Co-founder, Business Breakthrough Inc: (1997-2001) Tokyo-based multi-media and broadcasting company.

Global Ambassador for the World Benchmarking Alliance; NED Limeade Ltd (employee experience platform); CSRB Board Committee member British Telecom PLC (2015-2018). NED, Bond University Limited, Australia; KAO Corporation Japan Advisory Board; Commissioner, Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s Information Needs of Communities Living in a Democracy (2010)

Early professional career in Accounting, Finance and Consulting with KPMG in both Australia and the USA.

Loves ocean swimming, beach running, kids sports and the best of humanity and the planet.

Lucy McRae

Science Fiction Artist, Body Architect, Film Maker, Lucy McRae, Australia

Lucy McRae is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios that confound the boundaries between the natural and artificial; inventing iconic artworks that take people beyond the expectations of themselves. Trained in classical ballet and interior design, her approach is to influence culture by exploring scientific breakthroughs relating to health and the human body, while providing a feminine point of view on emerging technology. Inventor of Swallowable Parfum, Lucy is recognised as an early identifier of emerging technologies that drive product innovation. Lucy led Philips Electronics far–future research lab, developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. She has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel and Aesop on the cultural impacts that emerging technologies will have on future lifestyles. McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body, throwing into question "What makes us Human"? She has spoken and taught masterclasses on the impact technology has on human nature at TED, WIRED Health, Royal Albert Hall, London’s College of Physicians, Tribeca, Cannes Lion and most recently at MIT’s Being Material conference in 2017. McRae’s award-winning artworks have been develo and exhibited at London Science Museum, Centre Pompidou and Venice Biennale.

Kala Mulqueeny

Senior Adviser, Ocean Geographic, Australia

Kala Mulqueeny is an environmental lawyer and policy specialist. She is currently Senior Advisor at the Ocean Geographic Society. Previously, she led the Law, Justice and Development Programme. at the Asian Development Bank (ABD). Kala also initiated and chaired the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, the creation of the ASEAN Energy Regulators' Network, the Asian Judges Network on Environment and the ASEAN Chief Justice's Roundtable. After the 2004 Asian tsunami, she led work in Sri Lanka to implement a legal aid and governance project that has directly helped about 100,000 people. Kala was recognized as an Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society and a Yale World Fellow. She taught at the Hong Kong University, the University of the Philippines, and the Law College of the Australian National University. Australasian Legal Business: Legal News named her one of the Top 40 Lawyers in 2010. Kala is on the WWF - Phippines Advisory Council. She has a Doctorate from Harvard Law School, and a Masters in Environmental Law from Sydney university. She was a University Medalist at Qld University.

Kaila Murnain

General Secretary, New South Wales Branch, Australian Labor Party, Australia

Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor General Secretary in January 2016, and is the first woman to hold that position. Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary in September 2013, and was the first woman to hold that position. Kaila grew up on a small farm outside of Narrabri in North-Western NSW before moving to Sydney to attend University. She has a degree in Social Science from the University of New South Wales, and is undertaking a Masters of Business Administrative (Executive MBA) at the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. Kaila joined the Labor Party in 2000 after campaigning for Australia to become a Republic and served as Vice President of NSW Young Labor from 2005-2007. Kaila has served in the NSW Labor Party Office since 2008, as the NSW Labor Organiser (Communications and Training) and prior to that as the Membership and Communications Officer. Kaila has extensive Campaign experience and has been a Campaign Manager for Candidates at Local, State and Federal elections. Prior to working in the NSW Party Office, Kaila was the advisor for Ageing and Disability Services in the NSW Government, overseeing the NSW Ageing Roundtable and also advised the Spokesperson for World Youth Day in 2008.

Clare O'Neil

Minister for Home Affairs and Cybersecurity, Department for Home Affairs & Cybersecurity of Australia, Australia

O'Neil is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Shadow Minister for Justice in Australia's federal parliament. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Harvard graduate, a published author and former Mayor and Councillor in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Melanie Perkins

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Canva Pty Ltd, Australia

Melanie Perkins is chief executive officer and co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool that makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created, at 33 designs per second. Today Canva is growing from strength the strength, with over 500 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.

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.

Edward Santow

Professor - Responsible Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Edward Santow is Australia's Human Rights Commissioner. Ed's current work focuses especially on protecting the basic rights of refugees & asylum seekers; promoting responsible innovation in technology; human rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; the protection of the basic rights of people who are detained, including through the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); freedom of religion and human rights issues related to terrorism. Prior to becoming Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education. Ed is a lawyer and former academic. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales Law School.