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:
16 YGLs in Europe
Enass Abo-Hamed is the Chief Executive Officer of H2GO Power, an award-winning pioneering company developing hydrogen energy storage technologies. Abo-Hamed is a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow, Chair of the Sustainability Interest Group at the Royal Academy, board member at one of the largest global climate funds, and a technology expert consultant to the European Commission.
Mark Boris Andrijanič
Mark Boris Andrijanic is President of Slovenia's first National Digitalisation Council, established by the Government of Slovenia in April 2021. He is also Uber's Head of Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), currently on sabbatical leave. Andrijanic has established partnerships with a number of cities in the area of sustainable and smart mobility in CEE and beyond. He has also accomplished six ridesharing reforms that have positioned CEE as Europe's leader in the area of forward-looking mobility regulations. At the same time, he is leading Uber's Safety Policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he coordinates the company's response to the pandemic. Prior to joining Uber, Andrijanic was a Visiting Fellow at the Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, where he worked closely with the European Parliament and European Commission on the EU's digital and economic policies. Before coming to Brussels, he advised the President of Sierra Leone on transparency reform. In Slovenia, Andrijanic co-founded and led the Network of Ideas Association, the leading youth NGO aimed at promoting active citizenship and entrepreneurship. He became a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in 2017.
Venetia Bell is Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Strategy at Gulf International Bank (GIB) where she has the overall responsibility for the bank’s sustainability efforts, providing strategic direction and developing a leading-edge ESG product suite. As Head of Strategy, she has overall responsibility for devising and implementing the company’s strategy for scaling and mobilizing capital in support of sustainable investment strategies. She is also responsible for governance and communication. Bell joined GIB from the Bank of England where she was Deputy to the Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, she was named one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. She is an alumna of the Mentoring Foundation and a Fellow of the Forward Institute, and is a Certified Investment Fund Director and Trustee of two charities. Prior to GIB, Bell had several high-profile roles at the Bank of England, publishing a range of policy-focused research, playing an instrumental role in the BoE’s strategy and pushing the adoption of inclusion initiatives. She graduated with an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Esra Eczacıbaşı Coşkun
Esra Eczacibasi Coskun is a Board Member and Digital Transformation Coordinator at Eczacibasi Holding, a diversified industrial conglomerate based in Turkey. The Eczacibasi Group plays a pioneering role in both Turkish industry and society through major initiatives in education, culture and the arts, sports, public policy and scientific research. Esra leads the Group’s digital transformation as well as the design and implementation of sustainability policies across different industries and geographies. The digital transformation projects she has spearheaded have received international recognition and awards from institutions such as Fast Company, IDC, RFID Journal and SAP. A strong advocate for equal opportunity, she is a mentor and advisor to young women who want to pursue a career in technology. She gives regular talks on gender biases, inclusivity in the workplace as well as the future that awaits us in the digital age. Esra is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Istanbul Modern, Turkey's first museum of modern and contemporary art. With a passion for the arts and desire to support culture and arts in Turkey, she established the Genc (Young) Modern, Turkey’s first arts membership program for a young audience. As an affiliate of Istanbul Modern, Genc Modern’s mission is to increase the visibility of talented Turkish artists at the start of their careers and create opportunities for them in the contemporary art world. Esra holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Economics and Art History from Harvard University. She previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Frederic Hoffmann devotes his time to supporting entrepreneurs in both non-profit and commercial organisations. He focuses on sustainability strategy, and enjoys working on innovative and cross-sectorial projects. Frederic has entrepreneurial experience and in 2018 built a venture fund investing in food and agtech. Today, Frederic serves on the board and advises clean-tech startups and philanthropic foundations, including the MAVA Foundation. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2021-22 is doing an executive MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.
Freshta Karim is the Founder and Director of Charmaghz, a Kabul-based Afghan NGO dedicated to promoting critical thinking among children through providing resources and space on buses turned into mobile libraries. Prior, she worked at different UN agencies and international organizations and in the President's Office of Afghanistan. Karim studied political science at Panjab University, India, and completed an MA in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.
Christer Kjos is Chief Executive Officer at Canica International. As CEO, and family member, he has transformed Canica to become a modern family investment company with a strong emphasis on responsible leadership, sustainable investments and purpose. Kjos plays an active role in the development of the company's future strategy and has built trust throughout the organization with his professional leadership and solid values. His systematic approach to the sustainability agenda and the owner-family's willingness and ability to challenge current business models, has yielded strong results for the company and society at large.
Danae Kyriakopoulou is Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, where she leads the policy work on climate, economic development and international finance.
From 2016 to 2021, she was the Chief Economist and Director of Research of the Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum (OMFIF). As part of this, she set up the Sustainable Policy Institute, a community bringing together stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors across the financial system globally on climate policy, investment and regulation. She served as its Managing Director and Chair of its Advisory Council, of which she is now a member.
An active member of the sustainable policy and finance community, she holds numerous advisory roles in sustainability industry initiatives including the London Stock Exchange Group’s Future of Sustainable Data Alliance and the European Mortgage Federation’s Energy Efficiency Mortgages Initiative.
Previously, she was Managing Economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. She has also served as Senior Economic Adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as an Economist at the Bank of Greece. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford.
Siwan (Swan) Lu
Siwan (Swan) Lu is Principal of Global Business Platforms at Zurich Insurance. She is an entrepreneurial, global-minded and result-driven business leader, with extensive international experience in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and mainland China, particularly in the fields of business, product and project development, as well as marketing, innovation and strategy. Lu cares about social wellness and education, and advises social enterprises, providing training to senior care organizations. As an advocate for social equality, she was the co-chair of the Harvard China Education Symposium and is currently on the Board of the Alumni Network for Harvard Women, Switzerland. She was awarded the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award. Lu is a certified yoga teacher and she loves conducting free, after-work yoga classes to her colleagues. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German
Eva Maydell is a Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament. In 2017, she was the first woman elected as President of the European Movement International (EMI), the largest pan-European network of civil society organizations. It is present in 34 countries and encompasses 38 International Associations. Maydell was first elected to the European Parliament in 2014 at the age of 28, the youngest member of the European People's Party (EPP) Group at the time. She was re-elected in 2019 and is serving her second term as an MEP.
Philip Meissner is Founder and Director of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness, which aims to inspire public debate on the opportunities of digital technologies for solving big societal challenges such as the climate crisis and demographic change. The center is also working on educating politicians on future technologies and seeks change to governments’ approaches to digital technologies. In addition, Meissner is Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making at ESCP Business School in Berlin, and serves as Academic Director of ESCP Europe’s Master in Strategy and Digital Business. His research combines the fields of strategy, technology and psychology to create new approaches for decision-making in organizations. He frequently delivers key notes on decision-making and digital transformation and advises companies on future trends, exponential technologies and methods for improving strategic decisions.
Inna Modja is a Malian-French artist, singer-songwriter, actress and activist for women’s rights and climate change. Since 2019, she become an UNCCD Land Ambassador for the Sahel and against desertification – she starred in the documentary: The Great Green Wall, directed by Fernando Meirelles as a journey of hope, reflecting a deeper moral and existential question we all must confront: “Will we take action before it's too late?” She has had Top 10 hits in Europe and Canada, with some of her most renowned tracks including French Cancan and Tombouctou. In 2015, she released the acclaimed album Motel Bamako and from 2016 to 2018, she performed her live show in festivals and concerts, on the five continents.”
Tom Mustill is a Producer, Director and Writer specializing in stories of where people and nature meet. He makes anything from 90-minute specials to three-minute virals. His short, #NatureNow, has been seen over 60 million times. He also directed on the blockbuster Inside Nature’s Giants series, which won a BAFTA, Royal Television Society and Broadcast award, as well as the ZSL Award for Communicating Zoology.
Ioana Patriniche is Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations for Deutsche Bank, responsible for strategy and execution of the bank’s external stakeholder management. She was a former Head of the UK financial institutions debt capital markets business, responsible for advising management teams on financing, capital raising and investor engagement. Patriniche is a founding member of Deutsche Bank's first-ever group for fostering and developing high-potential female talent and a mentor for rising female talent throughout the firm. She also works with the Romanian Education Trust, a charity focused on helping Romanian students secure funding to study at top-ranking MBA programmes in Europe.
Sarah Rawson is an Actuary by trade, and quickly rose to become one of the youngest Managing Directors at Swiss Re. She is responsible for a large portfolio of Life & Health Insurance coverages across several countries. Sarah leads 280 people from many cultural backgrounds and serves as the Appointed Actuary for Swiss Re Europe and a member of Swiss Re's Management Committee. She is an influential voice for key decisions on topics that are often strategic but complex and provides significant steer to the business.
Yousef Yousef is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LG Sonic, whose mission is to eliminate the use of chemicals in the water treatment industry by offering environmentally friendly solutions. Yousef is an innovator with an out-of-the box vision on water-quality management, big data-driven technologies and environmental monitoring. He is the winner of several water innovation and entrepreneurial awards such as Aquatech Innovation Award and Shell LiveWIRE. Yousef holds two patents on ultrasound technology combined with big data and membranes. He is also Chairman of the Dutch entrepreneurs’ community Green Growers, which invests in the development of circular products and sustainable technologies.