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.


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

Our nomination process is driven by referrals from a network of community members and partner organizations. We do not accept unsolicited nominations.

Selection Criteria

Each year, we select 100 exceptional Young Global Leaders from thousands of candidates. These established leaders are not just skilled in their fields— aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, they are committed to improving the state of the world.

To be considered for the YGL Class of 2025, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Age: Applicants must be born between January 1, 1986, and December 31, 1996.

A proven track-record of improving the state of the world: The world is confronted with a range of unprecedented challenges, and it's crucial for businesses, governments, and civil society to work together to find common solutions and take decisive action. See examples below of how the Forum is driving impact with its partners. While it is not a criterion that the applicant is working on these exact topics, these topics can serve as inspiration.

Corporate Sector: C-suite executives such as President, Board Chair, Managing Director, or Managing Partner.

Startups: CEOs and Board Chairs of advanced-stage startups, especially those in Series C funding or recognized as unicorns.

Public Sector: High-ranking officials such as Heads of State, Ministers, Ambassadors, or Mayors of significant cities. Leaders from international organizations should hold positions at or above a D-1 level.

Civil Society: Founders, CEOs, Executive Directors, or Senior Executives of major non-governmental or community organizations.

Social Enterprise: Founders or CEOs, preferably of late-stage or venture-funded social enterprises.

Academia: Deans, Department Chairs, or Professors at leading universities.

Arts, Sports, and Culture: Artists, athletes, and cultural leaders with national and international acclaim.

Media: Editors-in-chief, Publishers, Anchors, or Journalists with national or international acclaim.

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