YGLs are active in today’s most exciting and dynamic fields, from the circular economy to digital governance. Their common denominator is a desire to contribute in entrepreneurial ways to the global public interest, building on the World Economic Forum’s legacy. Over our 15-year history, the YGL leadership journey has resulted in the launch of organizations and initiatives, business partnerships, and seed funding for bold new ideas.

Our commitments

As our community grows, so do our ambitions. At our annual summit in 2018, current members and alumni committed to a set of goals to achieve by 2021. We will act on these specific, measurable commitments by leveraging partnerships between YGL-led organizations and the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

  • Accelerating refugee entrepreneurship
    In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Oxford University, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is generating unique educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for refugees and host communities in Kakuma, Kenya, to connect refugees to the global economy.
  • Forging new approaches to public sector leadership
    A partnership between the Apolitical Academy and the Forum of Young Global Leaders will accelerate innovation in political leadership to unlock the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s promise to build a more sustainable future. Apolitical will equip young leaders with the tools to effectively influence politics and policy by 2021.
  • Seeding a new deal for nature
    Today’s 4% conservation of oceans and 15% of land will not preserve the planet. The National Geographic Society and Dynamic Planet will leverage the Forum of Young Global Leaders to secure a “New Deal for Nature” by 2020 and secure government commitments to protect significant portions of land and sea by 2030.
  • Tackling the Indian sanitation crisis
    The Maverick Collective, an initiative of Population Services International (PSI), will drive a coalition of YGLs through a project entitled #AfterTheFlush to address unsafe collection and illegal dumping of sewage in 10 Indian cities. The Maverick Collective was founded by YGLs Kate Roberts and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. #AfterTheFlush will mobilize local governments, private actors and consumers in India to establish a sustainable sanitation ecosystem, ultimately providing healthier outcomes for communities.
  • Scaling social gastronomy
    In collaboration with Cargill and Gastromotiva, YGLs commit to uniting social gastronomy ambassadors and establishing Social Gastronomy Hubs to address social inequality, fight hunger and improve nutrition education in communities that need it the most. The social gastronomy movement began with the work of YGL David Hertz, the Brazilian chef who founded Gastromotiva to inspire and empower socially vulnerable people (including slum dwellers) through vocational kitchen training, food entrepreneurship and nutrition education.