Vision & Mission

The mission of the Forum of Young Global Leaders is to create a dynamic global community of exceptional people with the vision, courage and influence to drive positive change in the world.


YGLs are motivated to use their talent and influence to be a force for good. We cultivate collective and individual leadership to help develop informed, visionary global change-makers.


YGLs believe that by pooling their diverse skills, experiences and networks they can achieve more together. We foster collaboration in the global public interest.


YGLs are pioneering and bold. We identify and champion ways to scale-up, amplify and accelerate their impact, to make more of a difference in their communities and beyond.

About us

Our growing membership of more than 1,300 members and alumni includes public officials, business innovators, artists, educators, technology developers, journalists and activists. Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to spur public-private cooperation amongst these unique actors to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest. Representing more than 100 nationalities, Young Global Leaders are united by the belief that the urgent problems of today present an opportunity to forge a better future across sectors, generations and borders.

Participants at the YGL Alumni Annual Summit 2018.  Copyright World Economic Forum / Stephen Porter

Our principles

  • Generosity
    We take time to listen and support each other at a deep, human level. We go out of our way to make a difference to one another's work. We're inclusive. We challenge each other and make diversity a source of strength.
  • Authenticity
    We bring our real selves to the community. We open up. We seek humility and acknowledge what we don't know, so we can learn from others. We value each other as individuals, beyond the roles we occupy.
  • Respect
    We communicate respect, even when we deeply disagree. We earn trust and honour the commitments we make to one another. We strive for transparency in the way we operate and hold each other accountable.
  • Impact
    We operate as a force for good and stand for something larger than ourselves. We imagine a better world and take personal responsibility to act. We capitalize on diverse talents and networks to achieve more together than we could alone. We overcome barriers that elsewhere stand in the way of progress.


Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, created the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2004 to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent problems. His vision was to create a proactive multistakeholder community of the world’s next-generation leaders to inform and influence decision-making and mobilize transformation.

Through the Forum of Young Global Leaders, Klaus Schwab envisioned facilitating earnest dialogue and friendships across cultures to bridge divides, fostering fresh thinking and dynamic new ways of collaboration to shape a more positive, peaceful and prosperous society.

Adrian Monk, Managing Director; Head of Public and Social Engagement, World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, at the YGL Alumni Annual Summit 2018.  Copyright World Economic Forum / Stephen Porter

Annual Reports