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 South Asia
Jaideep Bansal is CEO of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), an award-winning social enterprise that is bringing technology and tourism together and deploying clean power to remote communities in India. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Under his leadership, GHE has impacted more than 200,000 lives through solar electrification of villages, schools, and health centres across India, while creating meaningful livelihoods through sustainable tourism and creating carbon offset projects through clean cookstoves. GHE has been endorsed and acknowledged by the United Nations, World Economic Forum and World Travel & Tourism Council, and has been featured in documentaries by National Geographic and the BBC. Bansal’s work on sustainable rural development has inspired many at key international forums such as the G20, Davos, SEforAll and the ADB. He has been featured repeatedly at Davos among the top leaders inspiring change in the world. Bansal has served as the Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community. An Asia Foundation Fellow 2020, he is also an adviser to the Government of India on sustainable development for remote communities of India.
Raghav Chadha is an Indian political leader from the Aam Aadmi Party. He is currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Delhi, representing the Rajendra Nagar consistency. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, a government agency responsible for the supply of potable water to the most of the National Capital Territory region of Delhi. Chadha has served in his party as a Member of the Political Affairs Committee, National Executive Committee and National Treasurer.
Radhika Gupta is an Indian business executive. She is Chief Executive Officer of Edelweiss Asset Management. She started at the company as business head of multi-strategy funds and was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the team’s investment, distribution and platform. She is India’s only female head of a major asset manager and has set up the country's first domestic hedge fund. Gupta is a public speaker. A YouTube video of one of her talks, titled “The Girl With a Broken Neck”, has been viewed more than 110,000 times. She is a graduate of the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint degrees in economics from the Wharton School and computer science engineering from the Moore School.
Manasi Girishchandra Joshi is an Indian para-badminton player, the current World Champion. She started her professional sporting journey in 2015 and in 2020 she was ranked world no. 1 in women’s singles in the SL3 category. Girishchandra Joshi was listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by TIME in October 2020 and she appeared on their Asia cover, making her the first para-athlete in the world and the first Indian athlete to be featured on the magazine’s cover for being an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. On the International Day of Girl Child on 11 October 2020, the toy company Mattel celebrated Manasi Girishchandra Joshi and her achievements by modelling a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll to her likeness to inspire young girls. She has also been recognized by BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational and powerful women in the world in 2020 and was nominated for the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award 2020.
Ritesh Malik is a medical doctor-turned entrepreneur, angel investor, speaker and philanthropist. He founded Innov8 Coworking in 2015 and scaled the business to over 42 locations pre-COVID. After selling Innov8 to OYO, he now focuses on his philanthropic goals in education, cybersecurity, startup policy regulations, village empowerment and healthcare. He is passionate about supporting early-stage technology companies and has backed over 70 startups in the past six years. He has also been working on the management of COVID-19 in India, leading the vaccination drive for his family-run hospital, Radix Healthcare. Malik is involved in multiple philanthropic initiatives, including as the seed donor and founding team of a 50-acre technology university in Mohali, called Plaksha. He is also the founder, director and executive council member of the not-for-profit initiative ADIF.
Sara Saeed Khurram
Sara Saeed Khurram is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sehat Kahani, an all-female health provider network working to create quality, cost-effective, ICT-enabled health care solutions for communities in Pakistan. Saeed Khurram has won numerous honours for her work, including the 2019 Rolex Awards for Enterprise (Associate Laureate), TIAW Award, CRDF Global Award, Ashoka Changemakers, ISIF Asia, The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, 2016 UNICEF Global Goal Campaigner Award and 2017 Arpatech Young Entrepreneurs Award. She is also a Cartier Awards finalist and the first frontier Innovator from Pakistan. Saeed Khurram is also a 2016 Acumen Fellow, TedX speaker, Cherie Blair Foundation alumnus and Amplify Fund grantee. She completed her medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan and MPH from the Aga Khan University of Health Sciences.
Suhail Sameer is the Group President and Chief Executive Officer of BharatPe, India's largest digital payments and micro-credit company for small retailers. Prior, Sameer was the Founding Managing Director of CESC Ventures, where he built out the modern Ayurveda (Dr. Vaidya's) and Healthy snack (Too Yumm!) brands. He was also an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led the clean-tech practice for Asia. Sameer is an active investor in clean-label food and personal care, and financial inclusion. Some of his angel investments include India's largest clean label personal care brand MamaEarth, farm to table naturoponic brand Gourmet Garden, and India's largest digital secured lending company Rupeek. Sameer is a Niti Aayog Mentor of Change, a government initiative to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, and has been involved with the Rockefeller Foundation’s work on rural electrification in India. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a degree from the Delhi College of Engineering.
Vineeta Singh is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of SUGAR Cosmetics. Prior, she founded and ran an HR outsourcing organization and then launched Fab Bag, a beauty subscription service for women, that recently crossed a million-dollar turnover. Singh was one of the Top 6 Women Entrepreneurs at Grace Hopper Women Entrepreneur Quest 2014 and was featured as one of the Young Leaders to watch out for in Outlook Business in 2009. A cult favourite makeup brand among millennials, her company won the Award for Health & Lifestyle in India in 2021. Singh is an avid marathoner who has run more than 20 international races. Accolades include being the fastest Indian woman at the 75km Bangalore Ultra-Marathon in 2010 and the Nashik Half-Marathon in 2013.
Saad Hayat Tamman
Saad Hayat Tamman was a Member of the Strategic Reforms and Implementation Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, during the entire tenure of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), from August 2018 till April 2022.
During this time, he advised cabinet members on critical reforms in agriculture, civil services and climate change, alongside supporting the Prime Minister's Task Force on Institutional Reforms. He was also a part of the core team responsible for the Prime Minister's Performance Agreements with the Federal Cabinet.
Saad also currently serves as the National Coordinator of the Living Indus initiative by the Ministry of Climate Change for the ecological restoration of the Indus Basin and is also a member of the Punjab Protected Areas Management Board.
Prior to his work at the Prime Minister's Office, he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company with a focus on public and private sector transformation projects. Saad has also consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations. He is passionate about agriculture and actively farms by adopting and implementing new innovative techniques, in his hometown in North Punjab.
Saad completed his graduate studies in economic development from Vanderbilt University, U.S., as a Fulbright scholar in 2014 and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada in mathematics and actuarial science, with distinction, in 2009.