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.
8 YGLs in ASEAN
Cherrie Atilano has 21 years of experience in sustainable food systems and inclusive agribusiness as an advocate of women and youth in agriculture, agri-technology, malnutrition eradication and the responsible production and consumption for the future of food. She is a multi-awarded entrepreneur and ambassador on agricultural issues.
Krasna Cham is the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Soma Group, believing private sector to be an effective means to influence development in Cambodia and acting as an active proponent of gender equality and female leadership in the corporate sector of ASEAN. She represents a new generation of leadership in Cambodia and is outspoken on female representation in the corporate world. As CEO of one of Cambodia’s leading locally owned companies, Krasna manages the corporate direction and strategy of the group aiming at high impact sector toward the development of Cambodia.
Veronika Linardi co-founded Qerja.com and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Qerja is Indonesia’s first online community for empowering professionals on making the right decisions for their careers by creating a platform for professionals to share knowledge, salary and experiences. Qerja introduces transparency to an otherwise opaque working environment. Linardi also founded two other companies; a recruitment agency helping multinational companies and local conglomerates fulfil their talent requirements and an online job portal that successfully surpassed all the other existing players to become the leading portal within two years of operation.
Grace Natalie Louisa
Grace Natalie Louisa is Co-Founder of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI). As one of the youngest party leaders in Indonesia, she aims to involve the younger generation in politics and is committed to making transparency in government one of her goals. Before entering politics, Louisa had a career in journalism. In her early years as a television journalist, Louisa covered crime, politics, business and other current affairs.
Jeffrey Lu is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Engine Biosciences (Engine), which focuses on improving drug discovery by coupling machine learning and high-throughput gene editing to decipher the biological code of disease. Lu pushes change in innovative drug development and new technologies by investing in or serving as a director of more than a dozen early-stage and venture-backed companies in the US and Singapore.
Henry Motte-Muñoz is the Founder and CEO of Edukasyon.ph, the largest youth platform in the Philippines empowering more than 10 million student visitors each year to find and take their path from education to career. Prior to launching Edukasyon.ph in 2015, Henry worked at Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs in London. Henry’s work in education technology and social entrepreneurship has been recognized by global and regional organizations including the Asia CEO Awards (Young Leader of the Year 2019), Financial Times and International Finance Corporation (Transformational Business Award 2017), Forbes (30 Under 30 Asia 2016) and Asia Society (21 Young Leaders 2015).
Vivek Salgaocar is a Director at the Vimson Group, a family-owned conglomerate with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services. The group is also actively involved in philanthropic initiatives, particularly in healthcare and sports. Within the Minerals Division at the Vimson Group, Salgaocar oversees sales, marketing and trading, along with global business development and expansion, and is based in Singapore. He is also Co-Founder of Prospect Mining Studio, which supports start-ups and innovators as they build, pilot and scale frontier technologies to address the biggest challenges facing the natural resource and mining industries in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
Vivek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA summa cum laude, from Emory University. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2020. Vivek is a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Business Program at Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Singapore Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He serves as the Group’s representative to the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob
Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob is the Group Chief Executive Officer of TMC Life Sciences (TMCLS), the youngest CEO in Malaysia. Prior to joining TMCLS, Yaakob was the Chief Operating Officer at Sunway Medical Centre after being promoted from Director of Business Development and Corporate Communications in October 2016. She started her career at The Boston Consulting Group in 2007 as an Associate Consultant before joining Sunway Group as Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development in 2010. With a vision of building an integrated healthcare system spanning, hospitals, lifestyle and preventive health, reproductive medicine, pharmacy and TCM, she is passionate about evolving the way healthcare is delivered. She uses her various public platforms to champion youth leadership in the corporate sector, based on principles of transparency and social accountability.