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.
19 YGLs in Europe
Niklas Adalberth, the unicorn entrepreneur behind payment start-up Klarna, donated $70 million to found the Norrsken Foundation, a tech-for-good ecosystem for social impact entrepreneurs daring to tackle societies biggest challenges. Norrsken currently houses 125+ companies in Europe's largest impact hub, has made 15 investments and started two non-profits.
Ines Arrimadas is the leader of the Ciudadanos (Citizens) party in Catalonia, Spain. The party under Arrimadas secured the most seats in the 2017 election under a single party, and she remains significant voice in Spain's political future.
At barely 23, Gabriel Attal became the youngest ministerial adviser to the Ministry of Health in 2013. Now 29, Attal is the youngest member of French Government under the Fifth Republic and well positioned to continue his trajectory in public service.
Annalena Baerbock is Chairwoman of the Alliance 90/ The Greens party of Germany, recently re-elected with the highest-ever result for a chairwoman of the party. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and is an outspoken advocate on issues of environment, youth and Europe.
Matthew Caruana Galizia
Matthew Caruana Galizia advances the causes of transparency, anti-corruption, freedom of speech and access to information. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work on the Panama Papers uncovered the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.
Marga Gual Soler
A pioneer of science diplomacy, Marga Gual Soler works across the globe with governments, academia, non-profits and UN agencies to strengthen the links between science, policy and society, often in politically challenging contexts. She is recognized for helping re-establish scientific cooperation between the US and Cuba after the diplomatic normalization in 2015. In 2016, she became the youngest adviser to EU Research and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas, and in 2017 was named 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy by Huffington Post.
Carlalberto is Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE EPS and has formerly been a serial entrepreneur, venture capital investor and business lawyer. As CEO of Electro Power Systems (EPS), Carlalberto achieved with success the complex turnaround of the company. In less than 3 years, he led an IPO, two acquisitions, and a mandatory tender offer, raising over €100 million in equity and debt capital, and bringing EPS to reach a market cap up to €180 million. He transformed a small start-up into a world's technology leader in energy storage and e-mobility, powering every day – with renewables and energy storage – over half a million people across Africa and Asia. In order to scale-up, Carlalberto decided to join ENGIE, one of the largest energy player worldwide, playing today an important enabling role in zero¬carbon transition strategy of the group.
David Ikkersheim is a Partner with KPMG International Cooperative. His industry experience includes working with local health economies, hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, with extensive experience in market assessment and market entry. He has advised NHS England on how it should pay for healthcare in order to improve quality of care and decreasing waiting lists as well working with Royal Philips on how to align their innovation, portfolio and go to market strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He served on the City Council of Utrecht from 2010-2014, holding the portfolios of education, youth and welfare.
Kristo started his first business at 19, showing visionary curiosity. His current company, Transferwise, has more than 1900 employees, $230.5M in revenue, and facilitates low cost money transfer. A believer in the power of education, Kristo privately sponsors Estonian undergraduates at top universities around the world.
Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.
Elisha London is leading systems-level change around mental health. She has a trackrecord of impact as the Campaign Director for the Heads Together campaign in the UK and Founding UK Director for Global Poverty Project.
Mette Lykke is Chief Executive of Too Good To Go, leading a team of 200 “waste warriors” with a mission to take action against food waste. The start-up has created a marketplace for surplus food, saving millions of meals from going to waste. It works with 12,000+ supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, hotels and any other food retailer that throws out food by the end of business on a regular basis. Prior to starting Too Good To Go, Lykke co-founded Endomondo, a social fitness community with the mission of making fitness fun and now has more than 30 million users across the world.
Caroline heads the OECD’s work on blockchain, assessing the policy implications & building solutions to ensure governments can access and respond to the opportunities and challenges it raises. She is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Stability Board's workstream on decentralised fintech, sits on the OECD's Staff Review Board, and since 2016, is a visiting lecturer at Paris-Est Créteil University, & more recently, at Kings College London. Previously, Caroline established Tax Inspectors Without Borders, a joint OECD-UNDP initiative to build tax audit expertise in low-capacity countries.
The first in her family to attend university, Sanna Marin became the youngest Prime Minister in Finnish history and the world’s youngest female state leader. She has encouraged new approaches to the future of work, social services and gender equity in her country and the world.
Akshay Naheta is a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers and is a member of the Executive Management Committee of the firm. He received a S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 and a B.S., highest honours, in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2003.
Ludovic Subran leads economic research at the largest insurer and investor in Europe. He has helped design public policies in over 30 countries and influences several organizations as a board member.
Anahita Thoms is an award-winning lawyer who focuses her practice on global investigations, in the field of international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, foreign investment review, data protection, business and human rights. She leads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of the firm's Europe, Middle East and African regional Steering Committee for the Compliance & Investigations Group. She is a regular speaker and moderator on diverse topics, such as trade, sustainability, ethics and AI. Anahita is committed to giving back to society and is passionate about human rights and the fight against modern slavery. She is the Co-Founder of the United Against Modern Slavery initiative.
Christian Zeinler is Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at UBS where he has reorganized the team structure. He is passionate about the people mission in his job and invests significant time in sponsoring and coaching colleagues while creating opportunities. Prior to UBS, he successfully launched and managed a convertible bond fund before working at McKinsey & Company. Zeinler was one of McKinsey’s Core Leaders in its Wealth and Asset Management practice, leading and driving its efforts and knowledge creation globally on Investment Solutions. As a Partner, he was able to shape the industry’s strategic agenda working with the global leading institutions in this space.
Fabio Ziemssen has been working at the forefront of food-tech development in Germany and Europe for a decade to create a strong ecosystem for innovators, visionaries and founders. He has built a number of communities, including the Alternative Protein Association, Next Generation Food Think Tank and Foodnext, creating workspaces and innovation hubs, such as Food2025.de and Super7000. In 2017, he was elected by "Business Punk" as the top leader in food innovation in Germany.