New Class

We are excited to welcome 112 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2021. From a gender justice and human rights activist to a multi-award winning artist and advocate for indigenous literacy, to a celebrated leader from the world’s youngest country, and leaders from business, civil society, healthcare and government, meet the new class of YGLs:

23 YGLs in Europe

ANULIKA AJUFO

Venture Partner Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sagana, United Kingdom

A vibrant and inspirational leader in Finance and Philanthropy with extensive experience in investments in both public and private sector markets from some of the world's largest Financial Institutions- Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Carlyle Group and Soros Fund. For over a decade, Anulika has developed extensive experience globally, notably in the fields of private equity and venture capital investing. She believes in the ability to drive change at scale through socially and environmentally oriented business having led inclusive investment portfolios across EMEA with sectoral focus across financial inclusion, renewables, healthcare, education and widening access to other basic services for marginalised populations. Her philanthropic work with young people in the United Kingdom over the past 15 years has also gained widespread recognition. As an advocate for economic justice and social mobility, she currently Chairs the Board of University of East London- London's most diverse and inclusive university by race and socioeconomic status. She is also the Founder of the Sequoia Platform- a social mobility engine for ethnic minority and disadvantaged youth in the United Kingdom, geared towards creating educational and employment opportunities in the United Kingdom. Anulika has an MEng in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford.

Erica Alessandri

Member of the Board, Technogym, Italy

In 2016, after pursuing several international work and volunteering experiences, Erica joined the family business, Technogym, world leader brand in equipment and digital solutions for fitness, wellness and sport. That year, she was appointed Member of the Board when the company went public. In this position, she has been active in the design and implementation of ESG policies and other initiatives around sustainability. Moreover, after her MBA at INSEAD, Erica started leading a new and innovative project to bring a personalized wellness experience directly to consumers anywhere, anytime through a new app integrated with Technogym’s ecosystem. Alongside her focus on business, Erica also serves on the board of the “Wellness Foundation”, the family’s non-profit body, whose mission is to promote the Wellness lifestyle as an opportunity for all stakeholders: governments, companies and citizens. Erica has been involved in the development of the second phase of the “Wellness Valley”, a social project aimed at building in Romagna, their local community, the first Wellness District in the world by engaging over 200 stakeholders to leverage Wellness as a lever for sustainable economic development. In March 2020, Forbes Italy featured Erica on the cover page of their 30 Under 30 issue for her commitment in bringing forward the family’s legacy around promoting the Wellness philosophy.

Christoph Bornschein

Chief Executive Officer, TLGG, Germany

Christoph is one of the three founders and CEO of the German agency and boutique consultancy for digital business “Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr” in short “TLGG” with offices in Berlin and New York. He and his team counsel international companies and brands in the strategic use of digital technologies, building out new organizational innovation infrastructures and the development of new business models. Even public authorities and NGOs seek the expertise of Christoph in dealing with the digital change around topics like single market integration, investment taxation, education and else. He has authored numerous essays and articles on digital change and is a renown speaker at global conferences and board meetings. Christoph is actively facilitating change as a mentor and investor to startups around the world.

Sinéad Burke

Chief Executive Officer, Tilting The Lens, Ireland

Sinéad Burke is an educator, writer, and Founder of consultancy company Tilting the Lens, continually asking, ‘is this accessible?’ Sinéad starts conversations in every room to bring visibility to inaccessibility and partners with clients and stakeholders to build collaborative solutions that have impact today, tomorrow, and forever. Through an education, advocacy, and design approach, Tilting the Lens works to create more accessible practices, products, and places, building a more equitable world. Sinéad has been hosting conversations with leaders for over a decade, first through her blog, then through the ‘As Me with Sinéad’ podcast which has included conversations with activists and thinkers including Samantha Power, DeRay McKesson, Lonnie Bunch III, Riz Ahmed, and Glenda Jackson. She is the author of ‘Break the Mould’, a book that encourages children to find their place in the world. The book is a number one bestseller and was awarded the ‘Irish Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)’ Award. Sinéad is the first little person to appear on the cover of Vogue as she featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ issue; guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. She is a member of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’, Council of State, and a member of Gucci's Global Equity Board. She is responsible for the introduction of the term ‘duine beag’ (little person) into the Irish language dictionary.

Matthew Chamberlain

Chief Executive Officer, London Metal Exchange, United Kingdom

Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group. In this role, Matt is responsible for an organisation of 500 colleagues, who collectively and responsibly steward the annual trading of 3.5 billion tonnes of base metals around the globe. Matt’s passion is sustainability in business, and believes strongly that leaders have an obligation to use their corporate platforms as vehicles for positive change. Under Matt’s tenure, the LME has introduced ethical standards for the metals traded on its exchange, including working closely with the OECD to give industry effect to metals supply chain standards, ensuring that metal arising from child labour or conflict financing cannot find its way to the global market. Matt is particularly interested in digital solutions for enhanced transparency, and is sponsoring the introduction of the LMEpassport system to provide full disclosure of sustainability credentials (such as carbon footprint) across the metals supply chain. Matt believes that culture sits at the very heart of an organisation, and is particularly proud to have championed the introduction of the LME’s Code of Conduct, which has driven standards of respect, inclusivity and diversity across the global metals trading industry.

Lucy Cooper

Managing Director / Head of Innovation, Europe, Accenture, United Kingdom

Lucy leads Innovation across Europe for Accenture. This includes representing innovation on our European Management Committee and Global Leadership Council and being the Europe Innovation Lead for Accenture’s Industry X business. She supports client innovation services teams around Europe, oversees our Hubs and Centers and engages with clients in finding value in their business using new ways of working, counter-cultural leadership practices, scaled experimentation, product and service build and innovation-led consulting. Lucy works alongside our Growth and Strategy teams and consulting practices to ensure a collaborative approach to investment and shared success with our clients and teams. Lucy is an experienced facilitator of C-suites and Boards and an expert in the growth playbook corporate's need to undertake. Additionally, she writes often, is a seasoned panelist, speaker and moderator, including leading stages at TEDx, Cannes Lions and other notable events. Lucy is a mentor and advisor to female founders and organisations on a wide-range of topics from generational diversity in leadership to business building and governance.

Thomas Crowther

Assistant Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Thomas Crowther is a British scientist specializing in ecosystem ecology and the chief scientific advisor to the UN's Trillion Tree Campaign. He is a tenure-track professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH Zürich where he formed the Crowther Lab. His work aims to generate a holistic understanding of the global scale ecological systems which regulate the Earth's climate. After his PhD, Crowther received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, to pursue his postgraduate research at Yale University. In 2015, Crowther was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to research the impact of carbon cycle feedbacks on climate change at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO). In 2017, Crowther started a tenure track professorship at ETH Zürich. His ongoing research is supported through a unique partnership with DOB Ecology – a private foundation focused on supporting projects which protect and restore threatened ecosystems across the globe. A holistic global understanding of ecological systems is necessary for us to understand and address climate change and biodiversity loss.

Rose Damen

Managing Director, Damen Yachting, Netherlands

Rose Damen is the Managing Director of Damen Yachting. She has grown this division from luxury yachts into a business that inspires its clients to explore adventurously and also responsibly. Rose introduced a sustainability agenda to Damen Yachting, while supporting broader projects to protect the oceans. She is an advocate for gender balance within this male-dominated industry. A graduate of INSEAD, Rose has prior experience as an investment research analyst in the UK and NGO coordinator in Sri Lanka. She serves on an number of non-profit boards, including those focused on the arts.

Alexander de Carvalho

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Public Group International Limited, United Kingdom

Alexander is the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of PUBLIC, a venture firm he set up to help solve some the biggest technology problems across the public sector. PUBLIC is one of the biggest investors in GovTech companies in Europe across important sectors including Health, Social Care, Security, Policing and Welfare. Alexander is also the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of The GovTech Summit. Prior to founding PUBLIC, Alexander worked for almost 10 years in private equity before spending several years building and supporting a number startups in the UK. Alexander has been a non-executive member of the board of Heineken Holding NV since 2013 and is involved in a number of philanthropic activities.

Anne-Laure de Chammard

Group Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, ENGIE Group, France

Anne-Laure de Chammard is Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for ENGIE Group. With 170,000 employees and a €61 billion turnover, ENGIE is a leading world group that provides low-carbon energy and services to tackle the climate emergency. Anne-Laure started her career in the USA in 2008, as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She then joined the French Ministry of Sustainable Development and Energy in 2010, where she was leading major infrastructure public-private partnership projects. She joined the Bureau Veritas Group in 2014 as General Manager for the French East Region, before being appointed President and CEO of Bureau Veritas Construction in 2016. She joined ENGIE in 2019 to head the group’s strategy in its zero-carbon transition. Member of the “Corps des Ponts”, Anne-Laure graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Anne-Laure sits at several supervisory boards. She is also passionate about opera singing, has made recordings and given several concerts. De Chammard graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. De Chammard also sits on several Supervisory Boards. She is passionate about opera singing – she has made recordings and given several concerts.

Amélie de Montchalin

Minister of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service, Ministry of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service, France

Amélie de Montchalin is a French economist and politician, who graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and HEC Paris. With a dual training in public administration and applied economics, she began working in Chile for the Axa insurance group, then as a political analyst for the European Commission. During the financial crisis from 2009 to 2012, she held the position of economist in charge of Europe for Exane BNP Paribas then as Director of Public Policies and Foresight for the Axa Group between 2014 and 2017. In December 2016, she joined the Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party and was elected member of the sixth constituency of Essonne in the 2017 legislative elections. She was the coordinator of the party En Marche and member of the Finance Committee from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, she became parliamentary rapporteur on the finance bill. She was then appointed vice-president of the LREM group. On March 29, 2019, she was appointed Secretary of State for European Affairs and in 2020, she was appointed Minister of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service.

Cristina Fonseca

Partner, Indico Capital Partners, Portugal

Cristina is Chief Executive Officer at Cleverly.ai, and Partner at Indico Capital Partners. Formerly she co-founded Talkdesk, which now has more than 1000 employees, and provides cloud call centre infrastructure to several thousand companies. Her experience as an entrepreneur has led her to play a fundamental role in shaping the current Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem. She mentors and invests in numerous tech companies in the areas of digital transformation, business applications, mental health, e-commerce and AI, and drives efforts in improving inclusion and diversity, which has granted her several honours and awards. She is the youngest board member of the largest energy company in Portugal, Galp, where she is also part of the Sustainability Committee.

Laure Forgeron

Managing Director - Head of Facultative Underwriting EMEA, Swiss Re, Switzerland

Laure is a Managing Director at Swiss Re and leader of the single risk business in EMEA. Leading a team of nearly 100 colleagues and managing premium income of USD1bn, she is the youngest Managing Director of this leading Global Risk carrier. Together with her team, she is fully engaged to deliver on Swiss Re's purpose to make the world more resilient. Beyond work, Laure is committed to empowering the disadvantaged. She is involved in initiatives to promote diversity, including being a champion for women in STEM, supporting entrepreneurship in Africa and Chair of philanthropy committee of the Swiss Re Foundation in Switzerland. She is the happy mother of three young children and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Laura Gersch

Member of the Board of Management, Corporate Pensions, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, Germany

Laura is member of the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, the market leader of the German life insurance market serving more than 10 million customers. Laura is responsible for the corporate business, i.e., employer funded pension business (second pillar of German pension system). She is a strong advocate of the societal role of (life) insurance striving to contribute to the reduction of the gender pension gap in Germany by advocating financial literacy for women. She is a purpose-driven leader, who played an instrumental role in developing the purpose for Allianz Group while she was running the Group CEO Office of Oliver Bäte. Before joining Allianz, she worked for McKinsey & Company. She holds a double degree in International Business from European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty

Senior Vice-President, Delivery, Uber Technologies Inc., Netherlands

As Senior Vice President for Delivery, and member of the management board, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty oversees the company's on-demand delivery efforts, including the Uber Eats app, which operates in more than 6,000 cities around the world. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President for Uber's ride-hailing business outside of North America. After spending time at Goldman Sachs, starting a hedge fund at the age of 26, and harnessing a big urge to build something, Pierre joined Uber as the General Manager of France in 2012, launching Paris, Uber’s first international city. As one of the earliest members of the team, he scaled Uber across Europe before taking on the challenge of international expansion. He now brings his experience and expertise to Uber Eats. As a business leader, Pierre champions diversity and inclusion, and has become a driving force to empower women within and outside Uber. Pierre is an Executive Sponsor of the Women of Uber Employee Resource Group and a strong proponent of new ways to attract and retain female talent at Uber. He is a French citizen and lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons.

Nari Kahle

Head of Program Management & Operational Excellence at CARIAD / Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen Group, Germany

Dr. Nari Kahle is Head of Program Management & Operational Excellence at CARIAD which bundles the Volkswagen Group's software expertise.

Previously, as Head of Social Sustainability, she implemented a Volkswagen Group-wide program for the next generation of social makers in Germany. As an expert to the General and Group Works Council of Volkswagen AG, she was involved in current issues as well as general topics on the future of mobility, employment and digitalization from a co-determination perspective. She started her career at the management consultancy Detecon (Deutsche Telekom Group), where she advised on corporate responsibility, transformation, and sustainability.

A social innovator at heart, Nari is constantly looking for ways to combine business and social impact and is an outspoken advocate for rethinking business for the future. In 2018, she received an award for outstanding activity and commitment in the field of social business from peace nobel prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus. In 2019, she was a ZEIT fellow at the "Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance”.

She volunteers as a coach and consults local social startups and organizations in her free time. Currently, she is publishing a book on social innovation, business and mobility.

#socialinnovation #socialbusiness #mobility

Catherine Lenson

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers (UK) Limited, United Kingdom

Catherine is a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, the world’s largest technology investment firm. She is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Social Impact. She manages the employment of 400 staff across nine countries; oversees our real estate and workspace strategy; is a Director on a number of the firm’s corporate entities in UK and Jersey; and spearheads industry-leading initiatives across culture, diversity, equity and inclusion, and wellbeing. She designed and directs the firm’s strategy for Social Impact, including ESG, CSR and Sustainability; and is the Executive Sponsor for ‘Emerge’, SoftBank’s successful tech incubator for underrepresented founders. Prior to SoftBank, Catherine worked at UBS AG between 2004 and 2017. Catherine is a founding member of Sustainability30, an initiative to bring together Chief Sustainability Officers from 30 of the world’s leading companies . She is also a Director of University Jewish Chaplaincy, an organisation which supports Jewish students the UK’s universities. Catherine is based in London but, prior to recent travel restrictions, worked extensively in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. She has previously lived and worked in Milan and Paris. She holds an MA from Cambridge University in Modern and Medieval Languages.

Burcu Ozturk

Chief Financial Officer, MLP Saglık Hizmetleri A.Ş., Turkey

Burcu Ozturk is the CFO of MLP Care, which operates with 30 hospitals and c.18,000 employees, the largest private hospital group in Turkey. Burcu Ozturk graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration and then joined PricewaterhouseCoopers. During her 10 years of service, Burcu worked as a consultant in Mergers & Acquisitions activities of international investors. Burcu was transferred to PwC New York in 2010; where she provided consultancy services as a Director for 2 years. In 2019, Burcu was ranked among the Top 10 “CFO’s Best For Investor Relations” in Medtech&Services, in the global survey by “Extel”. In 2020, Burcu was awarded as the “Best CFO” in both Turkey and EMEA by “Institutional Investor”. In 2018 and 2020, Burcu entered the list of "Turkey's Top 50 CFO” prepared by Fortune magazine. Burcu is a member of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey and works in Access to Finance Group, contributing to the development of women entrepreneur ecosystem. Burcu is a Board member of Turkish Food Banking Foundation. Burcu is an Executive Board Member (responsible from fund development) in “Disaster Platform”, a platform created by +30 NGOs to minimize the effects of disasters in Turkey.

Gregoire Pictet

Chief Executive Officer, Pictet North America Advisors SA, Switzerland

For over ten years, Grégoire has been working for the family business, a Swiss private Bank, in Switzerland, the Bahamas, and the UK. Grégoire currently leads the North American market for private clients out of Geneva, his hometown. Developing strong relationships is key in everything he does, both professionally and personally. Grégoire believes that more than ever, the World requires human connectivity and inquisitive minds. Grégoire holds an MBA from IESE and a MA from Edinburgh University. Outside work, he enjoys reading, playing tennis and hiking.

Virginijus Sinkevicius

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission, Belgium

Virginijus Sinkevičius has been the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries since 2019. He was formerly the Minister of Economy of Lithuania (2017-2019). Before becoming the Minister of Economy, Sinkevičius led the Economic Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania. Sinkevičius was elected to Parliament in October 2016. Before that, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Sinkevičius was Managing Editor at the US Office of The Lithuanian Tribune in Washington D.C. Sinkevičius holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and a Master’s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.

Devi Sridhar

Professor of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Devi Sridhar is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and holds a Personal Chair in Global Public Health. She is the founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and was awarded the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She was previously Associate Professor in Global Health Politics and a Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. She was also a visiting Associate Professor at LMU-Munich and guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Public Health Foundation of India. Her books include “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why” (2017) and “The Battle against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance and the World Bank” (2007). She has published in Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. She served on the board of Save the Children UK, on the World Economic Forum Council on the Health Industry and co-chaired the Harvard/LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. She holds a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and a BSc from the University of Miami in the Honors Medical Program. Her work is concentrated in three areas: international health organizations, financing of global public health and developing better tools for priority-setting.

Lea Wermelin

Minister for Environment, Ministry of the Environment of Denmark, Denmark

Lea Wermelin currently holds the position as Minister for the Environment in The Social Democratic government of Denmark. She is a member of the Danish Parliament and former Chairman for The Parliament's Fiscal Affairs Committee as well as former co-chair for the Environment and Food Committee and the Climate, Energy & Utilities committee. Since she was elected to parliament at the age of 30, she has represented her home region, Bornholm, and their key interests in green energy and circular economy. For more than a decade she has been actively engaged in politics and was in 2020 elected to be one out of the 40 most promising young leaders under 40 in Europe.

Silvia Wiesner

General Manager, Belgium & Luxembourg, Unilever, Belgium

Silvia Wiesner is General Manager Belgium & Luxemburg at Unilever. She has a strong passion for Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainable Food Systems. The latter was a perfect match with her previous role as Vice President Foods for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. As a member of Unilever’s global Foods & Refreshment Leadership Team, Silvia had the opportunity to lead for the creation of inclusive food systems that feed our nations in a fairer, healthier and more sustainable way. This was reflected in innovations and market development programs aiming at plant-based foods being accessible to all, e.g. with the introduction of The Vegetarian Butcher or the “Future 50 Foods” under the Knorr brand in Germany. Silvia has been an advocate for a progressive industry stance on the EU Green Recovery and the Farm to Fork Strategy and is passionate about purpose-led leadership, flexible work models, and external partnerships.