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:
6 YGLs in ASEAN
Natalie Black CBE is the UK’s first HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific and the UK’s Senior Economic Official to ASEAN. Based in Singapore, she leads the UK’s trade and investment strategy and operations across 15 markets. Focusing on the relationship between trade, tech and sustainability, Natalie launched the UK’s first Digital Trade Network, initiated the UK’s first Digital Economy Agreement (with Singapore) and plays a key role in securing new investment and expansion opportunities for UK business across the Asia Pacific.
Previously, Natalie was the Deputy Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit where she championed the UK’s tech sector and supported the development of the new industrial strategy. In tandem, Natalie held the post of Director of the Internet Harms Unit, coordinating efforts to tackle the challenges of the internet, including terrorist use and online safety. Her first role in the UK Civil Service was Deputy Director of the Office of Cyber Security in the Cabinet Office where she set-up CERT-UK. Subsequently as Director, she led the National Cyber Security Strategy and the UK’s £860m National Cyber Security Programme. Before joining the Civil Service, Natalie was the Chief of Staff for Security at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 (London2012) and a management consultant.
Natalie holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright scholar, and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Natalie was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public service in 2020.
Clarissa Isabelle Liboro Delgado is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach for the Philippines. She began her career with research and impact measurement, managing a Randomized Control Trial for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) on Teach for the Philippines’ predecessor organization, Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation. It was from the results of this survey that Teach for the Philippines was born. Delgado received an MA in Educational Administration from Ateneo de Manila University and a BA from the College of William & Mary. She is an inaugural 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow and a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOWN), Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS), Ramon V. Del Rosario Siklab, and Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader networks.
Yashovardhan Lohia started his career at Indorama Ventures in the Packaging Division, overseeing the company's operations across seven countries. Since 2018, he has also helped guide the fibres business, which is a strong growth area for the company. Lohia was appointed Executive Director of the Board of Directors in 2019 and is a member of the Sustainability and Risk Management Committee. He was also Chief Recycling Officer and later appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer. In this position, he plays an important role to define Indorama Ventures’ path to sustainability.
Steve is the founder of Mata Investments, a private investment company focusing on early-stage, growth capital, and real estate investments in Southeast Asia. He has a strong family background in the mining industry, being one of the major shareholders of the largest coking coal mine in Southeast Asia. Since 2015 however, Steve has taken an ESG-driven approach and exited the coal industry. Today through Mata Investments, Steve is a big believer in impact investing and actively seeks for opportunities in the sector. One of the more notable companies under the group is BSA Land, the largest property developer in Indonesia specializing in the middle-class sector. Highly driven by impact, the company shifted its strategy from the high-end to the middle-class sector and currently takes a leading role in the private sector to ease Indonesia's 8 million housing backlog. With 30 projects across Indonesia, BSA has built over 20,000 residential and commercial units that cater primarily to young families, newlyweds, and millennials. It has also stimulated close to 10,000 SMEs through its innovative and highly affordable commercial developments all over the country.
Anderson Tanoto is Managing Director and Member of the Executive Management Board of RGE, a group of world-class companies in resource-based manufacturing industries operating in Indonesia, China, Brazil, and Canada, with over $30 billion in assets and a workforce of over 60,000 people. He is also a member of the executive committee of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), one of the largest pulp and paper producers in the world. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tanoto Foundation, Tanoto has led various foundation initiatives and is a keen philanthropist focused on and passionate about leadership development and poverty alleviation. He was formerly a consultant at Bain & Company and holds a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Yeoh Keong Hann
Yeoh Keong Hann is a third-generation Malaysian business leader passionate about the transformative power of combining technology and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the influence and values of family businesses in building a more inclusive and sustainably-focused society. He is Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad, one of South-East Asia's largest infrastructure and energy companies, leading the group's operation and setting the vision of its new business and digital venture arms. He led the team that set up Geneco, Singapore's second-largest provider of retail electricity. Yeoh is also a General Partner of the SEA Frontier Fund where he invests in and mentors the next generation of game-changing startups in South-East Asia. He is a member of the Board of Wessex Water in the United Kingdom and of YTL PowerSeraya in Singapore. Yeoh is a graduate of the University of Oxford.