We are excited to welcome 115 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2020. This year's class includes a decorated Olympian and World Cup winner, the youngest Prime Minister of Finland, an accomplished and pioneering digital journalist in Africa, an advocate of social justice and reform in Nepal and a human rights lawyer fighting for an inclusive society in Ethiopia and beyond.
30 YGLs in North America
Kate Brandt credits her time in government for shaping her perspective that partnerships between the public and private sector are key to solving broad, systemic challenges like clean energy and climate change. Kate currently serves as Google's Chief Sustainability Officer, leading sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Previously, she served in the White House as the country's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer where she helped create an executive order that will cut greenhouse-gas emissions by over 40% in the next decade.
Jason Camm is currently the Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer at Thiel Capital, where he is responsible for identifying and managing the firm's global biotechnology investment portfolio. In addition, he is also a Member of the Board at the Thiel Foundation, where he leads a team focused on science and medical related philanthropy. Camm is a passionate advocate for the study of nutrition, which he believes to be vastly understudied and a major contributor to societal inequality. Since 2016, he has served at the board level of the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the only graduate school of nutrition in North America.
Pamela Chan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of the Alternative Solutions Group within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As CIO, she is responsible for managing the group's multi-alternative investment portfolios and chairs the Alternative Solutions Investment Committee. She is also a member of the BAI Executive Committee. She currently serves on the Board of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. Additionally, she is Co-Chair for the Harvard College Schools and Scholarship Committee of New York City. In 2012, she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serving as Curator for New York City in 2014.
Sarah Chen’s career spans across VC and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where female founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger landscape of capital, targeting the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity. Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, and she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia.
Jack Conte is a musician-turned-entrepreneur who founded Patreon, the membership platform that enables podcasters, musicians and other creators to earn money by offering exclusive content to paid subscribers. Patreon is democratizing the media and entertainment industry by cutting out labels and distributors as middlemen between listeners and content creators.
Komal Dadlani is a Biochemist with an MSc from the University of Chile. In 2013 she started Lab4U to democratize science and change the way science is taught with a lab in the pocket. Today Lab4U is present in Latin American and the US with more than 120,000 students using Lab4Physics, their first product. Komal has been a recipient of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2015, Toyota Mother of Invention Award 2017, MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 Leaders in LatAm 2018, Ashoka Fellow and internationally recognized by The New York Times, Forbes, People Magazine, and the BBC for her work at Lab4U as a top female entrepreneur.
Aslihan Denizkurdu is a Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for Risk Management at Citigroup. In her role, she designs and oversees firm-wide frameworks and processes that enable prudent management of global risks across a $2 trillion balance sheet in 100 countries. Raised in Turkey, Denizkurdu believes in the power of large businesses in driving positive change and solving social problems. She has been a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s First Movers programme for social intrapreneurs since 2012.
Joelle Faulkner co-founded and manages four funds with aggregate commitments of C$300 million. Area One Farms has maintained over 120,000 acres under Canadian ownership and control, helped 28 families establish equity positions in land that they farm, and brought over 15,000 acres into agricultural production from Area One's unique methods of land rehabilitation. Faulkner is a Director of Cognicity Inc., Baycrest Global Solutions Inc., Western University Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation.
As the youngest female mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth most populous city in the US, Kate Gallego has built a reputation as a public servant . She has championed infrastructure solutions, sustainability, and economic development. Under her leadership, Phoenix is the fastest growing city in the United States.
Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years. Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve -- to be powerful in every aspect of their lives.
An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, she is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in 4 countries. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled How to Turn a Hashtag Into a Movement will be published in 2020, and she warns you -- hashtags don’t start movements. People do.
Rebecca M. Heller
Rebecca Heller is Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and is a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School. Here inspiring humanitarian work includes advocating for refugees to claim their rights and find resettlement. Heller has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including The Charles Bronfman Prize, a Skadden Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Gruber Human Rights Fellowship and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader in Social Justice Award. She was also named one of the Christian Science Monitor’s 30 under 30 change-makers and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jukay Hsu is the co-founder & CEO of Pursuit, whose mission is to create transformation where it’s needed most. Pursuit’s programs increase participant incomes from $18,000 to $85,000 by equipping them with software engineering skills and enabling them to get jobs and create leaders reflective of the diversity in our society. Jukay graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics and then served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay served as the youngest member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Transition Team and Jobs Task Force. He currently serves as a Director of the New York City Water Board, the Vice-Chair of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City Foundation.
Mei Mei Hu
Mei Mei Hu is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of United Neuroscience, and organization focused on developing vaccines for major diseases like Alzheimer’s with and end goal of distributing to all patients in need. She is a Member of the Executive Committee and Director of United Biomedical and previously served as Co-Chief Executive Officer.
Karen is the Head of Investment Research at Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. She occupies the 4th highest position at the firm, which she rose to before the age of 33. She is considered among industry peers as one of the fastest rising stars in the industry and slowly becoming one of the most powerful women in investing. She has a distinct aptitude to not only comprehend the economy with poise and foresight, but a unique ability to contextualize the subject in a pragmatic and non-discerning way. The Chief of Investments at Bridgewater, Robert Prince, has tapped her as his replacement in the future.
Michael is the Chief Technology Officer of the United States at The White House. As President Trump's principal technology policy advisor, Michael has led the development and execution of the Administration's national technology policy agenda since inauguration.
Under his leadership, the White House has launched important National initiatives and strategic plans for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and broadband communications, autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing.
Larry Madowo is a US Correspondent for BBC World News. He is an on-air correspondent and presenter reporting from North America across the BBC on radio and television. He was previously the BBC Africa Business Editor and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. Larry led the development and launch of 6 new business TV shows for African audiences from the BBC in English, French and Swahili. He set up and managed a new BBC Africa Business unit with journalists spread across London, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018 by NewAfrican magazine.
Larry has reported from over 40 countries and interviewed some of the world’s most prominent business, political and cultural leaders. Larry was a Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post’s Global Opinions page and has also written for the BBC, CNN and the Guardian US. He previously worked in Nairobi, London and Johannesburg. Larry has presented his own radio and television shows and spoken at conferences around the world. He is also a pioneering digital journalist with an audience of nearly 4 million followers on social media. He has an MA in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University.
Leland Maschmeyer is an internationally recognized systems designer and entrepreneur focused on social impact at scale. He has worked on climate change initiatives that have influenced US. Federal policy and driven participation in solving the clean water crisis. He is Chief Creative Officer of Chobani, a multi-billion dollar food-focused wellness company that uses food as a force of good in solving some of society's most pressing issues.
Barbara Maul Mulvee
Barbara Maul (Mulvee) is a Managing Director in the Global Markets division of Credit Suisse, based in New York. Her work is committed to promoting diversity in the workforce and created a formal mentoring program to better prepare female leaders for more senior positions. Barbara also serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Center of New York, a non-profit focused on providing children and their families with healthcare and other social services in New York City.
Maryam Monsef is Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and a Member of the Canadian House of Commons. In her ministerial position, Monsef is leading the federal government’s efforts to ensure all women, girls and gender non-conforming people can succeed in Canada. She has led Status of Women Canada’s transition from agency to the new Department for Women and Gender Equality and has secured major investments in Canada’s equality-seeking movement. Maryam also co-founded the Red Pashmina Campaign, which empowers the women of Afghanistan through education.
Griffin R. Myers
Griffin Myers is an emergency physician, social entrepreneur and founder of an innovative healthcare model that uses value-based economic principles to improve care for tens of thousands of people living in underserved communities. His company services aging adult patient populations by taking the profit motive out of healthcare. An interdisciplinary expert, he is a Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University, Thought Leader at the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Presidential Leadership Scholar, EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He also practices medicine and publishes regularly on the way to realize a higher quality, more equitable global healthcare system.
Emi Nakamura is the Chancellor's Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, business cycles and macroeconomic measurement. She is a co-editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-director of the Monetary Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers and the American Economic Association Committee on National Statistics. She is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize, the NSF Career Grant, and the Sloan Research Fellowship, and in 2014 was named by the IMF as one of the Top 25 Economists under 45.
As co-captain of the US women's soccer team, Megan Rapinoe lifted the 2019 FIFA World Cup. Off the field, she advocates for gender equality, including equal pay in her sport, and speaks out on diversity and inclusion.
James Rogers is Founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, a company fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing advances in materials science to prevent waste in the first place Dr. Rogers was the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award in polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. Recently, he was recognize d by EatingWell Magazine as an American Food Hero.
A technology, strategy and business leader with global experience across financial services, healthcare and retail, Kush Saxena has driven initiatives that have sharply differentiated Mastercard's role in inclusion and digital identity. Additionally, Saxena co-founded Democracy Connect, a crowd-sourced advisory and information platform for Indian Members of Parliament.
Kabir Sehgal is the Founder & CEO of Tiger Turn Productions, a multimedia company that specializes in music and film. He previously worked at First Data, where the firm completed the largest IPO on the NYSE in 2015. He began his career at JPMorgan in emerging markets. Sehgal is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of fourteen books including "Coined" and "Fandango at the Wall." He is a contributor to CNBC, Harvard Business Review, Fortune. He is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning produce who has made over 60 albums. He has released two albums as an artist with Deepak Chopra. In addition, he is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer who served on active duty in the Middle East. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.
Sally Shin offers the community strong knowledge of tech and business news at the epicentre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As San Francisco Bureau Chief, Shin led coverage of gender diversity issues in the valley and helped launched CNBC's "Closing the Gap" series which highlights gender diversity issues in corporate America.
Brandon Stanton started "Humans of New York" in 2010. His work demonstrates the power of storytelling to ignite change around the world. His viral photo series have collectively raised over $8.3 million for various charitable causes through online microdonations, demonstrating the importance of art and storytelling to mobilize for collective action.
Gregg Treinish is the Founder and Executive Director of Adventure Scientists, an organization that has helped the scientific community design, build and execute on projects that address long-standing environmental threats. By galvanizing a global network of trained outdoor specialist volunteers, his work has enabled authorities to prosecute illegal loggers, created the largest dataset on Earth for microplastics pollution, advanced a new suite of interventions against antibiotic resistant superbugs, and doubled crop yields without fertilizers across 3 million acres of land.
Gregg became a National Geographic Explorer after becoming the first to trek the length of the Andes Mountain Range on a journey that covered more than 12,500km in just under two years.
Lauren Underwood is the youngest African American woman to be elected to the United States Congress. She won her election in a race against a four-term Republican incumbent and won on a progressive platform that was youth-oriented, progressive and focused on an issue in which she is an expert: healthcare. Along with other young female Members of the House, she has become the face of change in Washington. Underwood is a registered nurse and was a Senior Adviser at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama administration, where she helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance.
Nicole Vogrin is the first in her family to complete higher secondary education and earn a university degree. As the leader of Western Union's Corporate Relations and Corporate Affairs team, she has built a diverse department to positively address issues like migration and the marginalization of populations without digital access.