New Class

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.

4 YGLs in Japan

Fumiaki Kobayashi

Member,House of Representatives, The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Japan

Fumiaki Kobayashi is a Japanese politician representing the Hiroshima 7th district in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet, for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He is also Acting Director of the Youth Division for the LDP as well as Chief Secretary of Headquarter for Promoting Administrative Reform, Parliamentary Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, focusing on regulatory reform of radio, broadcast and telecommunication, and development of policies for social security and the tax number system.

Akiko Naka

CEO, Wantedly Inc, Japan

Akiko Naka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wantedly, a social networking service for professionals. Following its official launch in February 2012, Wantedly grew to 2.5 million monthly active users and 30,000 corporations. Wantedly has become the leading professional social networking service in Japan. Naka was the youngest female founder to take a company public in Japan.

Katsuya Uenoyama

Founder and CEO, PKSHA Technology Inc., Japan

Katsuya Uenoyama is a rising entrepreneur in the machine learning and machine intelligence tech industry. He founded PKSHA Technology in 2012, focusing on designing algorithm-based software and solutions for enterprise and internet businesses. Prior to founding PKSHA, he received got his PhD in Machine Learning from Tokyo University.

Yasui Yoshiki

Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Yasui Yoshiki is Founder and recently sold Origami, a Tokyo-based company offering a mobile payment solution that bridges online and offline commerce. He is also a Committee Member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Yoshiki began his career in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at DCM Ventures, a major venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. He studied at the University of Sydney and later graduated from Waseda University.