The Journey

Becoming a YGL is an opportunity and a commitment. Each new class embarks on a five-year leadership journey that mobilizes their collective talents and accelerates action aimed at tackling societal, political and environmental challenges. Our goal is to create transformative experiences for next-generation leaders that enhance their skills, broaden their world view, and lead to groundbreaking initiatives.


YGLs participate in executive courses at top institutions, gaining fresh insights and practical training in areas such as public policy, energy and environment, and responsible leadership.


YGLs come together at summits, workshops and field expeditions where creative solutions and joint ventures are sparked. Exposure to new perspectives instils empathy and a sense of shared responsibility at a key juncture in their careers.


YGLs are motivated by one another and the joint leadership journey on which they embark. The dynamic YGL Community challenges them to think and act in ways they may have never imagined individually. Diversity triggers innovation.

The journey continues

When YGLs have completed the five-year programme, they are invited to join the Alumni Community, where they can continue their leadership journey and maintain their engagement with the World Economic Forum as well as YGL activities and events

Alumni serve as stewards of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, supporting the selection process and acting as valuable mentors to new members. Our alumni are crucial to our ongoing success, often providing support and guidance to new collaborations and helping to promote the impact-oriented mindset of the community.

What our members say

I didn't realize at the time the impact it was going to have on my life. Becoming a YGL wasn't an award for past accomplishments, but an invitation to start a new journey committed to helping make the world a better place.

Rajiv Pant

I have met people from different sectors, organizations and countries, and have been struck by the overwhelming desire in the community to support and to champion one another. The community and programme are changing my way of thinking, my approach to work and are giving me a platform to develop my confidence as a leader.

Susannah Rodgers

Having spent so much time with people creating huge change in the world, I have been inspired to achieve more with my mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime. The YGL community is filled with role models, co-creators mentors and friends who have all lead to me to think bigger and get firmly focused on collaboration.

Mark Pollock

The YGL Harvard experience was a true learning journey in every sense of the word. What made the experience particularly unique was spending almost two weeks with some of the most brilliant people I have ever met and making new friends for life.

Nina Jensen