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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.

Cristina Fonseca

Partner, Indico Capital Partners, Portugal

Cristina is Chief Executive Officer at Cleverly.ai, and Partner at Indico Capital Partners. Formerly she co-founded Talkdesk, which now has more than 1000 employees, and provides cloud call centre infrastructure to several thousand companies. Her experience as an entrepreneur has led her to play a fundamental role in shaping the current Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem. She mentors and invests in numerous tech companies in the areas of digital transformation, business applications, mental health, e-commerce and AI, and drives efforts in improving inclusion and diversity, which has granted her several honours and awards. She is the youngest board member of the largest energy company in Portugal, Galp, where she is also part of the Sustainability Committee.

Kristin J. Forbes

Professor of Global Economics, MIT - Sloan School of Management, USA

Kristin Forbes is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She has regularly rotated between academia and senior policy positions. From 2014-2017 she was an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee for the Bank of England. From 2003 to 2005 Forbes served as a Member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and from 2001-2002 she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Quantitative Policy Analysis, Latin American and Caribbean Nations in the U.S. Treasury Department. She also was a Member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers for the State of Massachusetts from 2009-2014.

In 2019, Forbes was named an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to British economic policy. She was previously honored as one of the top 25 economists under the age of 45 who are “shaping how we think about the global economy” (by Finance & Development, 2014) and as a "Young Global Leader" as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos. She is currently the Convener of the Bellagio Group, a research associate at the NBER and CEPR, and a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group and Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves in a number of advisory positions, such as on the Monetary Policy Advisory Panel of the New York Federal Reserve Bank and on the External Advisory Group of the Managing Director for the International Monetary Fund.

Forbes’ academic research addresses policy-related questions in international macroeconomics. Recent projects include work on exchange rate pass-through, capital flows, macroprudential regulation, financial crises, contagion, current account imbalances, capital controls, inflation dynamics, foreign investment, and tax holidays. Forbes has chaired research projects on the Global Financial Crisis, Global Linkages and International Financial Contagion. She has won numerous teaching awards and teaches one of the most popular classes at MIT's Sloan School. Before joining MIT, Forbes worked at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Williams College.

Miguel Forbes

Vice-Chairman, Forbes Family Trust, USA

Miguel R. Forbes is President of New Business Development at Forbes Inc., the publisher of Forbes and Forbes Global magazines, and the parent company of Forbes.com, the company?s leading business website. One of his responsibilities is the management of the Forbes International Licensing Division, which currently publishes Forbes Russia, Forbes China, Forbes Korea, Forbes Arabia, Forbes Israel and Forbes Japan. Before taking over the new business unit, Miguel Forbes founded the Forbes Index Inc. in 1998 and served as its General Manager. He joined Forbes in 1996 as a sales representative for Forbes.com. Miguel Forbes has a BA in English and a Master?s in Publishing from New York University. Outside of professional commitments, Miguel Forbes has charitable associations including the Community Coalition, which assists disabled individuals in securing care and employment, and Prep for Prep, which provides scholarships to gifted inner-city students to attend private schools.

Laure Forgeron

Managing Director; Head, Facultative Underwriting, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Swiss Re, Switzerland

Laure is a Managing Director at Swiss Re and leader of the single risk business in EMEA. Leading a team of nearly 100 colleagues and managing premium income of USD1bn, she is the youngest Managing Director of this leading Global Risk carrier. Together with her team, she is fully engaged to deliver on Swiss Re's purpose to make the world more resilient. Beyond work, Laure is committed to empowering the disadvantaged. She is involved in initiatives to promote diversity, including being a champion for women in STEM, supporting entrepreneurship in Africa and Chair of philanthropy committee of the Swiss Re Foundation in Switzerland. She is the happy mother of three young children and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Jocelyn Formsma

Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres, Canada

Jocelyn Formsma is the Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). Ms. Formsma is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, Canada. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Formsma has over 19 years of work and volunteer experience building strong relationships and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. She is called to the Bar of Ontario and has worked as a lawyer for a First Nations-owned law firm. Prior to this, she worked for numerous national Aboriginal organizations and First Nations organizations. In addition, Ms. Formsma serves as the Chairperson of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Board Member of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Treasurer of the Indigenous Bar Association Board, Founder of the Morningstar Fund and is an Advisor to the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project. As Executive Director, Ms. Formsma brings her legal training and passion for Access to Justice to her work with Indigenous peoples in urban environments and the Friendship Centre Movement towards innovative, positive and effective systemic change for Indigenous peoples.

Kerstin Forsberg

Founder and Director, Planeta Océano, Peru

Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, an organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation. As a social entrepreneur and biologist with 10 years in conservation, has designed and developed dozens of environmental initiatives across Peru, including research, education and sustainable development efforts. These include building participatory platforms such as the Marine Educator’s Network of Peru, fostering community-based eco-tourism, researching shark and ray fisheries, and promoting policies for threatened species. Has served as a consultant for the intergovernmental, governmental, and private sectors, including UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. As a public speaker, has presented in over 16 countries, including venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, World Economic Forum and in the context of the Ibero-American Summit. Key Partner Network member of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Has been recognized as one of the “50 World's Greatest Leaders” by Fortune and a “Next Generation Leader” by TIME, a top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur” by Forbes and one of the “10 leading social entrepreneurs in Latin America” by Univisión. Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, Kinship Fellow and a NEAq Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow.

Justin Fox

Journalist, Bloomberg, USA

Justin Fox is a columnist writing about business and economics for Bloomberg View, the opinion arm of Bloomberg News. He was previously editorial director of the Harvard Business Review, and before that a columnist at Time and a writer and editor at Fortune. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Market, and has been a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from Princeton University and was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of Leiden. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Sean Fraser

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada

Sean Simon Andrew Fraser is Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and has served as the Member of Parliament for Central Nova since 2015.

As Canada’s Minister of Immigration, he is currently leading Canada’s efforts to boost immigration levels to help drive the post-pandemic economic recovery, and he is responsible for the federal government’s initiatives that offer safe haven to displaced persons fleeing Afghanistan and Ukraine.

His previous work as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister included contributions to the Government of Canada’s economic response to COVID-19, during which time he served as a primary spokesperson for the federal government in parliament on fiscal and economic matters. He also helped inform the federal government’s environmental policy agenda during his term as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Samantha Freebairn

Wing Commander and Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia

As a C-130H Hercules and C-17 Globemaster military pilot, Samantha is committed to ensuring the concept of a woman military pilot is the norm. Leveraged her national Telstra Business Womens award to forge partnerships between inter-government agencies, police, fire and rescue, and civil industry to drive cultural change for women working in male-dominated environments. Wrote Flying Solo, a guide for women pilot trainees and Flying through Parenthood, for military parents negotiating flexible work arrangements. Her team conceptualised the Air Force Experiential Camps for Girls and developed the Air Force Graduate Pilot Scheme. The scheme doubled women pilot numbers in 2 years, when they had remained stagnant for the prior 30 years. Most importantly, she would love to see every little girl who loves rainbows to study physics and take to the skies!

Chrystia Freeland

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

Ms. Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in July, 2013. She was elected as Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale in October, 2015 and re-elected in October, 2019.

From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Freeland served as Canada's Minister of International Trade, overseeing the successful negotiation of Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, CETA. From January, 2017 to November, 2019, she served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During this time, she was a leading advocate for democracy, human rights, and multilateralism around the world.

As Foreign Minister, she led and successfully concluded the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

In November, 2019, Ms. Freeland was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this capacity, she led Canada’s united response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was appointed Minister of Finance in August, 2020.

An esteemed journalist and author, the Deputy Prime Minister was born in Peace River, Alberta. She was educated at Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.

After launching her career in journalism as a Ukraine-based freelance correspondent for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to various roles at the Financial Times of London. She then served as deputy editor of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001, before returning to the Financial Times as deputy editor and then as United States managing editor.

In 2010, she joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters. She was a managing director of the company and editor of consumer news when she decided to return home and enter politics in 2013.

Ms. Freeland has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000); and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). Plutocrats has been an international best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award.

In 2018, the Deputy Prime Minister was recognized as Foreign Policy's Diplomat of the Year. She was also awarded the Eric M. Warburg Award by Atlantik-Brücke, for her achievements in strengthening transatlantic ties. In 2020, she was awarded Freedom House’s Mark Palmer Prize, in recognition of her years of work in championing democracy and human rights.

She is a member of the Forum's Board of Trustees

Andy Freire

Director, Trocafone, Argentina

Andy Freire is an entrepreneur both in the social and business sectors. He is Director of Trocafone a company that recycles used phones in Brazil and resells it to the uprising middle-low class. He served as elected congressman of Buenos Aires and Minister of Modernisation, Innovation and Technology and President of the Tourism Agency of Buenos Aires and as Managing Partner and Director of South Cone of Softbank Group International.

As an entrepreneur Andy co-founded and led Officenet (acquired by Staples in 2004), a company that revolutionized the industry of distribution (retail) of office supplies in Latin America and Restorando (acquired by Trip Advisor in 2018), the leading restaurant online booking platform in Latin America, and most recently Trocafone, the leading used cell phone reselling platform in Brazil.

Recognized as "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 by the World Economic Forum World, and "Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2001 by the Endeavor Foundation, Andy was also awarded as one of the two finalists in the “World Young Business Achiever Award" held in the Philippines in 2002. He was also distinguished in 2008 as "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Andy holds a degree in Economics from the University of San Andrés and has a OPM from Harvard Business School.

He is the author of the books “Pasión por emprender” (Aguilar, 2004), “50 claves para emprendedores” (Aguilar, 2006), “5%” (Aguilar, 2013), “Libre, la filosofía de vida emprendedora” (Aguilar 2014) and “Argentina Emprendedora” (Aguilar, 2015).

Philipp Freise

Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP, United Kingdom

Philipp Freise is Partner and Head of the European Media Industry team at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). He also served as Chairman of Fotolia in New York, Vice-Chairman of Ringier Digital in Zurich and Vice-Chairman of ProSiebenSat.1 Media in Munich. Prior, Freise worked at McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt and New York. He also co-founded Venturepark, a Berlin-based, early-stage venture capital firm sponsored by Bertelsmann, Goldman Sachs and DaimlerChrysler. Freise has been recognized as a Young Leader at Atlantik-Brücke, a German-US think tank, and is a Member of the Kuratorium of the Bayreuth Opera Festival. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized as one of “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Private Equity” by the Financial News. Freise has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and an MSc in Economics (Dipl-Kfm) from WHU Koblenz Otto Beisheim School of Management, both with the highest distinction.