New Class

We are excited to welcome 109 Young Global Leaders to the Class of 2022. From scientists leading on efforts to address COVID, to activists tackling gender-based violence, artists keeping history and culture alive through music and leaders from business, civil society, academia and government, meet the new class of YGLs:

9 YGLs in Latin America

Freddy Castro

Chief Executive Officer, Banca de las Oportunidades, Colombia

Freddy Castro is Chief Executive Officer of Banca de las Oportunidades, a government entity responsible for designing and implementing financial inclusion policy in Colombia. At Banca de las Oportunidades, he has led projects that benefit women and the rural population, bringing digital payments to market squares in Bogota, helping to remove entry barriers to the financial system for Venezuelan migrants, promoting the financial innovation ecosystem, expanding a banking agency model using local shops to reach the rural population, and generating evidence and data for public policy decision-making. Before joining Banca de las Oportunidades, he worked in the Central Bank of Colombia and served as Secretary of Economic Development of Bogota. He also worked as a journalist and professor, and has held executive roles in a business association. Castro studied economics at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Bárbara Luiza Coutinho do Nascimento

State Prosecutor, Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor's Office, Brazil

Bárbara Nascimento is a Public Prosecutor in Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor's Office working with human rights, cybercrimes, anti-corruption and new technologies. Her research in those fields led her to win an academic competition at the 2018 OECD Global Anti-corruption and Integrity Forum. She holds a Master of Laws degree in Information Technology Law from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Laws degree in Theory and Philosophy of Law from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), where she received a merit scholarship (Faperj Grade 10). Bárbara also holds an LLB from UERJ and a post-graduate degree in Law from the Rio de Janeiro School of Magistrates. She has published numerous academic articles in journals and has been invited to speak at international conferences.

Daniel Feldman

Founder & Architect, Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura, Colombia

Daniel Feldman Founder and Chief Executive of ZITA (Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura), a mission-based architecture and urban design and development firm whose processes are rooted in community participatory design and public-good centered urban development. Since age 26, he has been a university educator leading architecture studios and seminars where he challenges his students to immerse themselves in complex social realities as a way of practice. He designed and developed multiple kindergartens in underserved rural communities as the Lead Architect in the office of the First Lady of Colombia, and was Head of Architecture at the Colombian office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he led the infrastructure investments that support the extreme poverty reduction programme in war-stricken areas. The public buildings he has designed and developed within secluded and overlooked communities in Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and the US have been internationally awarded and published in multiple occasions. Feldman holds an MA in Urban Design from Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in Architecture from Universidad de Los Andes.

Luana Génot

Executive Director, Brazilian Identities Institute, Brazil

Luana Génot is a CEO, writer and TV host from Brazil. She’s currently the Executive Director of ID_BR (Instituto Identidades do Brasil -www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br), an NGO that is a top reference for racial equality in the corporate world. With more than 50 employees across the country, ID_BR offers training and ESG consulting for companies to strength their culture and to be more inclusive for black, indigenous and underrepresented groups in high-rank jobs.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, mother of Alice, a 4-year old, Luana recently became a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and she is also a Responsible Leader Fellow at the BMW Foundation.
As a writer, she signs a column for O Globo, one of the main daily newspapers in Brazil. She also wrote two Books "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Stronger, between struggles and achievements, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Yes to Racial Equality), that was a nominated as a finalist to the Jabubi Prize in 2020.
With +250K followers on Instagram, Luana has also a large experience in TV and entertainment. She host Sexta Black, a show for GNT, one of the main cabled networks in Brazil, in which she interviews celebrities about how they relate to race issues.
She was also on the jury of Ideias à venda (Ideas to sale), a Netflix reality show with young entrepreneurs.
Luana is a curator of the Museu do Amanhã (Museu of tomorrow) of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most innovative museums in Brazil.
During an exchange program in the university of Madison-Wisconsin, she worked as a volunteer in president Obama’s reelection campaign, en 2012.
Luana speaks Portuguese, French and English, has a degree in Advertising at the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro and a Master in Race and Ethnicity at CEFET.

Luana Génot est fondatrice et directrice de l’Instituto Identidades do Brasil (ID_BR)- www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br , une ONG de référence dans la lutte pour l’égalité raciale dans le monde du travail. Cet institut propose qui compte plus de 50 collaborateurs dans plusieurs villes brésiliennes propose aux entreprises des formations et du conseil en ESG pour implanter des programmes d’inclusion de personnes noires et d’indigènes à des postes à responsabilité.
Née à Rio de Janeiro, maman d’une petite Alice, 4 ans, Luana est Young Global Leader du Forum Économique Mondial, ainsi que du réseau de leaders responsables de la Fondation BMW.
Au-delà de ses fonctions à la tête d’ID_BR, elle est chroniqueuse de la revue Ela, magazine féminin du journal O Globo, et auteure de deux ouvrages : "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Plus forte, entre combats et conquêtes, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Oui à l’égalité raciale), finaliste du prix littéraire Jabuti en 2020.
Suivie par plus de 250.000 abonnés sur Instagram, Luana est également très présente dans le monde de l’audio-visuel. Elle présente sur GNT, la plus grande chaîne câblée féminine du Brésil, l’émission Sexta Black, avec des entretiens de personnalités sur leur rapport à l’identité raciale. Elle a aussi été jurée pour l’émission de télé-réalité de jeunes entrepreneurs Ideias a venda (idées à vendre), sur Netflix.
Luana est depuis 2021 curatrice du Musée de Demain (Museu do Amanhã), un des musées les plus innovateurs du Brésil.
À l’occasion d’un échange universitaire aux Etats-Unis, elle a travaillé comme bénévole lors de la campagne de Barack Obama pour sa réélection en 2012.
Trilingue portugais-français-anglais, elle est diplômée en Communication à l’université PUC de Rio de Janeiro, avec un Master en Relation ethnico-raciales au CEFET.

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Luana Génot is a CEO, writer and TV host from Brazil. She’s currently the Executive Director of ID_BR (Instituto Identidades do Brasil -www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br), an NGO that is a top reference for racial equality in the corporate world. With more than 50 employees across the country, ID_BR offers training and ESG consulting for companies to strength their culture and to be more inclusive for black, indigenous and underrepresented groups in high-rank jobs.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, mother of Alice, a 4-year old, Luana recently became a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and she is also a Responsible Leader Fellow at the BMW Foundation.
As a writer, she signs a column for O Globo, one of the main daily newspapers in Brazil. She also wrote two Books "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Stronger, between struggles and achievements, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Yes to Racial Equality), that was a nominated as a finalist to the Jabubi Prize in 2020.
With +250K followers on Instagram, Luana has also a large experience in TV and entertainment. She host Sexta Black, a show for GNT, one of the main cabled networks in Brazil, in which she interviews celebrities about how they relate to race issues.
She was also on the jury of Ideias à venda (Ideas to sale), a Netflix reality show with young entrepreneurs.
Luana is a curator of the Museu do Amanhã (Museu of tomorrow) of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most innovative museums in Brazil.
During an exchange program in the university of Madison-Wisconsin, she worked as a volunteer in president Obama’s reelection campaign, en 2012.
Luana speaks Portuguese, French and English, has a degree in Advertising at the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro and a Master in Race and Ethnicity at CEFET.

Irina Lachowski

Chief Executive Officer, RenovaBR, Brazil

Irina Bullara is Chief Executive Officer of RenovaBR, an initiative founded by a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs looking to empower and qualify ordinary citizens that wanted to participate in Brazilian politics. Under her leadership, RenovaBR has transformed itself into one of the main political organizations in the country. Each election thousands of Brazilians subscribe to RenovaBR’s to learn about democracy, leadership, public finance, law and marketing. It has graduated more than 3,000 participants from all parties and ideologies, with RenovaBR students being among the most promising politicians in the country. Prior to starting RenovaBR, Bullara was the woman behind the largest private educational learning system (Anglo).

Mia Perdomo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aequales, Colombia

Mia Perdomo is an entrepreneur, activist and feminist. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aequales, a company that provides tools for organizations to close their gender gaps through measurement, consultancy and technology. She is also the Co-Creator of Par Ranking, the largest corporate gender equality ranking in Latin America. She was named one of the 100 transforming women of Colombia, one of the 101 people that are changing the world of work by the BBC, and one of the most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company. She received a degree in Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an MSc in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is also a Global Competitive Leadership Program Fellow at Georgetown University and an ECLA Program Fellow at Columbia University's Business School. She loves nature, dancing, and is curious about anything that brings passion to people's lives.

Carlo Perez-Arizti

Partner, Baker McKenzie, Mexico

Carlo Perez-Arizti is a Partner at Baker McKenzie's Mexico City office, focusing on large national and international mergers and acquisitions, and on scaling up start-ups in Mexico and Latin America. He has worked at the firm for over 15 years in Mexico and New York City, and was promoted to partner at age 32. He is Mexico and Latin America’s head for innovation for the North America transactional practice Group. For his legal work, he has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer. Perez-Arizti co-founded Fundacion Participacion y Accion Ciudadana, an education and health NGO, and abogadoemprendedor.com, a free legal advice for startups. He has also been a mentor at a number of organizations, including Endeavor Mexico, SUM, MassChallange, AbogadasMX and Centro Mexicano Pro Bono. Perez-Arizti is regularly published by Tier 1 publications for his views on Mexico and Latin America’s entrepreneurial growth, including Reforma, Forbes, el Heraldo de Mexico, and Pro Magazine. He is a Member of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Perez-Arizti graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana. He also has a master's in Public Management from the London School of Economics, where he was a Chevening and CONACYT scholar.

Juan Carlos Rincón

Editor of the Opinion Section, El Espectador, Colombia

Juan Carlos Rincón is an Opinion Editor at El Espectador, Colombia's oldest and most respected newspaper. He also a Co-Founder of YouTube channel La Pulla, a political opinion show he runs with four fellow journalists. In 2016, the La Pulla team received the Simón Bolivar National Prize, the country’s most prestigious journalism award, for a video championing the right of same-sex couples to adopt children. Rincón also co-founded other digital projects, including Las Igualadas and La Puesverdad, which have helped change the media landscape in Colombia and Latin America by merging more traditional journalism with new formats and digital languages.

Mariana Vasconcelos

Chief Executive Officer, Agrosmart, Brazil

Mariana Vasconcelos is the Chief Executive Officer of Agrosmart, a technology pioneer alumni of the World Economic Forum and serves as an advisory board member at Thought For Food, Fundação Espaço ECO (BASF) and Instituto Interamericano de Cooperação para a Agricultura (IICA). She is a climate activist and an expert in digital agriculture, considered one of the most influential people in Latin America by Bloomberg Linea. An advocate for gender equality, she was recognized by Globant with a "Women That Build" award in the game-changer category. With a business background and degrees from UNIFEI, LSE and Singularity University, she was also recognized as an Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review, Forbes 30 Under 30 Brasil and Fast Company world's 100 Most Creative in Business.