Who we are
The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.
Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.
Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.
Discover how science and technology are being brought together to help those affected by paralysis walk.
Greenland Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Greenland to observe first-hand the effects of climate change.
Explore the annual awards programme that celebrates, showcases and promotes circular economy innovation.
Discover a community of strategic philanthropists who use their resources to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide.
Kakuma Impact Expedition
Learn the story of YGLs who travelled to Kakuma in Kenya to help refugees gain access to the global economy.
Meet our members
Emily Kirsch is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures. Powerhouse is a company that connects startups, corporations, and investors building the future of energy and mobility. Powerhouse Ventures is a fund that invests in startups changing the way we power our world. Global corporations partner with Powerhouse to engage with cutting-edge clean energy and mobility startups via founder scouting, executive visits, and customized innovation services.
Emily serves on the Investor Advisory Board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Emily served on the World Economic Forums Advanced Energy Technologies Council and was selected as a 2019 Young Global Leader. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg, The Guardian, TechCrunch, and The New York Times.
Megan Greenfield, Ph.D., Partner with McKinsey & Company, is a recognized leader in healthcare, COVID-19 economic recovery, and advancing equity in the workplace. Megan works with healthcare companies across the value chain on how to drive growth. She helped design one of the first state-level COVID-19 economic recovery plans in the United States, building a framework that has been adopted by states, cities, and organizations nationwide. Megan is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and researches ways for employers to understand gender and racial bias within their companies (processes, benefits, etc.) so they can make changes to support their diverse employees. Megan has led numerous DEI executive meetings, authored several white papers, and is leading many DEI initiatives within McKinsey. Megan received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in chemical and biological engineering and she holds a B.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, where she majored in chemical engineering. Megan is a WEF Young Global Leader (Class of 2021) and on the Board of Advisors of the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.
Obi Ozor is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kobo360. With over six years of logistics and supply chain experience, he manages all key aspects of Kobo360 including operations, investments, compliance, risk management and product growth. Obi completed his Biochemistry degree at the University of Michigan before graduating from the Wharton School of Business. After completing his studies, he worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker before becoming the Operations Coordinator at Uber Nigeria. In 2016, he left Uber to launch Kobo360, Africa’s fastest-growing digital logistics platform and is building a Global Logistics Operating System [G-LOS], a blockchain-enabled platform to power trade across the African continent. In 2019, Obi Ozor was named innovator of the year and young business leader of the year at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards. In 2020, Obi alongside his co-founder, Ife Oyedele II, was selected to be a part of Endeavor’s global network of high-impact entrepreneurs. He was also named as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 global leaders in technology.
Conrod Kelly is an award-winning marketer and industry leader, as well as a published author and sought-after speaker. Conrod’s tenure at Merck includes commercial leadership of the Diabetes, Anesthesia, Surgery, and Alzheimer’s Franchises. He is currently serving as Merck’s first Executive Director of Health Equity, leveraging data, digital solutions, partnerships, and policy frameworks to improve health outcomes and driving sustainable business and societal value. Prior to joining Merck, Conrod held roles at Johnson & Johnson in diabetes and GlaxoSmithKline in vaccines. In 2020, Conrod was recognized by Medical Marketing & Media’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Healthcare. His work on the film A Touch of Sugar was a finalist for 33 industry awards and winner of 15. He also received the United Nations SDG Media Award and Top Black in Healthcare Award from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Conrod serves on the SDOH Taskforce and the Global Futures Council at the World Economic Forum. He received his MBA and BS from Florida A & M University and has continued his executive education at The Wharton School at UPenn and Duke University.
Krasna Cham is the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Soma Group, believing private sector to be an effective means to influence development in Cambodia and acting as an active proponent of gender equality and female leadership in the corporate sector of ASEAN. She represents a new generation of leadership in Cambodia and is outspoken on female representation in the corporate world. As CEO of one of Cambodia’s leading locally owned companies, Krasna manages the corporate direction and strategy of the group aiming at high impact sector toward the development of Cambodia.
Haley is a Global Sustainability Director at Dow with 15 years’ experience creating new circular business models and products that integrate social, environmental and commercial goals across CPG, retail, and plastics sectors. She’s found the intersection of business and impact by using her job for good. As a courageous-leader in sustainability, she has shaped one of the largest company risks into growth opportunity. She frequently speaks about plastic waste issues and solutions at Green Biz, USAID, and SXSW and has been published in Sustainable Brands, WEF and the Guardian. Over the years, Haley has held roles in marketing, competitive intelligence and sales at Dow. During her undergraduate degree, Haley worked for Nike focusing on competitive analysis. Haley holds an MBA from the University of Texas. Most recently, during COVID 19, she catalyzed a movement for financially supporting waste pickers, among the world’s most marginalized, but critical to delivering a circular economy for plastic waste. She is passionate about using business as a force for good to solve social and environmental challenges and has completed Harvard Business School’s Creating Shared Value Leadership Program.
Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Prior to his election to Federal Parliament in 2019, Andrew was an author and accountant. Andrew started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and went on to work in senior roles at the Financial Services Council and the Business Council of Australia. His 2017 short book Fit for Service (Connor Court) offers a framework for 21st century trade policy for Australia. Andrew was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats. Following Andrew’s election to the Senate, he was elected Chair of the Senate Select Committee into FinTech and RegTech and is a member of the Senate Economics Committee and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services. In June 2020, Andrew launched his latest book, Bad Egg: How To Fix Super. Andrew was educated at the Australian National University (ANU) where he studied international relations and accounting.
Halla Hrund Logadottir
Halla Hrund Logadottir is the Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Founder of the Arctic Innovation Lab, established to encourage business and social innovation across the Arctic region. In her native Iceland, Halla serves on the advisory board to Iceland's Minister of Industry, Innovation and Commerce on Iceland's Energy Fund and collaborates with the country's senior leadership on Arctic issues. Halla is the former director of the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University where she lectures on Arctic affairs. Halla is a frequent commentator on environment, energy, and innovation for the Arctic. She was one of the 15 invited writers in United Nations Chronicle's special edition on sustainable energy published in relation to COP21 and co-curates the World Economic Forum's Arctic Transformation Map. Among her other roles include being the Co-founder of Girls4Girls non-profit; a global mentorship program which aims to arm young women with the courage, vision, and skills needed to take on public leadership. Previously, Halla worked on an entrepreneurship training program in Togo, West Africa, on the "Aid for Trade Initiative," at the OECD in Paris, and as an EU and bilateral officer for Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs in Brussels. In 2016, Halla was selected as a Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow through Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and earned an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier, Halla studied political science, economics and trade at the University of Iceland, the London School of Economics, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University..
Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018). Recipient of honours and awards, including: Honouree in VC, Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018, Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer, and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth. Formerly: Venture Partner, Fenox Venture Capital; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Speaker at tech events and conferences and also serves as a mentor and adviser to several tech innovation programmes in Silicon Valley. Member of the Board: Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award. MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.