Nomination Criteria

Every year, we select a remarkable group of exceptional leaders under the age of 40 who have the tenacity, foresight, and track record to better the world. We seek individuals who reflect global diversity, innovate to advance the public interest, and place a premium on genuine public-private cooperation exchanges. These individuals will be invited to join the community and embark on a three-year transformational journey.


Notice: Selection Process Update for YGL Class of 2025

In our ongoing commitment to excellence, we are currently reviewing the selection process for the Young Global Leaders. Updates to the process details for 2025 are being finalized. Please rest assured, you will be the first to receive updates on the changes, including the timeline.

Thank you for your interest in the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Selection Criteria

Every year 100 Young Global Leaders with exceptional experience are carefully selected and handpicked out of thousands of applications.

The selected YGLs are drawn from a range of sectors and are recognized established leaders who are strategic and inspiring with a deep commitment to creating lasting positive change within their societies and globally.

To be eligible to join the Class of 2025, candidates will need to fulfil the criteria below:

- Candidates from the corporate sector must be responsible for the full operation of a corporation or division and hold one of the following titles (or equivalent): president, board chair, chief executive officer, managing director, or managing partners. Candidates should have demonstrable commitment to serving society, beyond their day-to-day responsibilities (e.g., volunteering, corporate social responsibility activities, charity, boards of institutions).

- At the startup level, candidates must be founders, chief executive officers or chairs of boards. Series C start-ups and unicorns are strongly preferred.

- For the public sector, government leaders should be ministers, parliament members, mayors of capital cities or highly populated cities, governors, or heads of political parties. Leaders of international organisations should be at least P-5 level or equivalent.

- For civil society leaders and social entrepreneurs, candidates should be founders and chief executive officers of consequential civil society organizations or social enterprises, or hold a senior leadership role in a large global NGO.

- From academia, candidates should be deans or professors from top tier regional or national universities.

- Artists, athletes, and cultural leaders must have leveraged their arts or notoriety to address a systemic issue and serve society at large (e.g., tangible initiatives, social media campaigns, etc).

- From media, candidates should be editor-in-chiefs, publishers, journalists, or social media influencers with a clear focus on public good topics.

All applicants must be born between 1 January 1986 and 31 December 1996.