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.

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Meet our members

Tigran Khudaverdian

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Yandex, Russian Federation

Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Tigran Khudaverdian is a graduate of the Moscow State University Faculty of Physics. Before joining Yandex, he participated in developing internet projects and headed a web studio.

He joined Yandex in 2006, starting out as manager of Yandex.Passport, a service that brings together all user’s Yandex accounts in one profile. In 2008 he became head of mobile and software products. Yandex.Navigator and Yandex.Browser apps were launched under his leadership.

Tigran became head of Yandex.Taxi in 2014, and then its CEO after it became a separate company in 2015. Thanks to technologies like smart routing, machine learning, demand forecasting and smart order distribution, the Yandex.Taxi app quickly transformed taxis into an accessible, fast and safe form of transportation.

On February 7, 2018, Yandex and Uber announced that the merger of Yandex.Taxi and Uber ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries had been finalized. The combined company is held approximately 59% by Yandex, 37% by Uber, and the remaining share by employees of the group on a fully diluted basis. Tigran Khudaverdyan became the CEO of the combined business.

With Tigran at its helm, the Yandex.Taxi group has also expanded into self-driving cars and food tech.

Tigran is married and the proud father of four sons.

M. Bilge Demirkoz

Professor, Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

A UNESCO-L'Oreal International Rising Talent researcher, Bilge Demirköz is a leading physicist, science outreach activist and educator in Turkey. With her team, she is building a particle irradiation facility for space radiation tests, with support from CERN under the CERN associate membership bill she helped pass through parliament. Demirköz is a role model for the next generation of scientists in Turkey and seeks to change the government's approach to science.

Mohamed Al Hashemi

Country Head, Majid Al Futtaim, Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Al Hashemi is the Country Head of Majid Al Futtaim in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his role, he leads a team of over 1,300 employees and is responsible for Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas as well as Majid Al Futtaim Lifestyle. During his tenure in this role, Mohamed introduced Cinemas to Saudi and helped create and shape the industry. He focused his efforts on Customer Experience and Operational Excellence achieving market leadership in the Kingdom. Along with, Mohamed is serving as an advisory board member at the General Commission for Audio Visual in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Ministry of Media), and a mentor at Endeavor, steering businesses to grow country’s GDP. Before being named Country Head in 2018, Mohamed was the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare, Management Reporting and Analysis at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Head of Treasury GCC at Majid Al Futtaim Retail. Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Mohamed started his career as a Corporate Banker in Emirates Bank Group focusing on various industries as Aviation, Retail and Construction. Mohamed received both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from the prestigious Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Dubai. Mohamed is a firm believer in empowering the youth to reach their full potential through business and about creating a sustainable business environments and business models for generations to grow.

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dharma Life, India

Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Dharma Life. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder. Gaurav spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media, and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Prior to General Atlantic, he has worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW. Gaurav graduated with a BA Hons degree in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Gregorio Werthein

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Replay Acquisition Corp, Argentina

Gregorio Werthein is Co-Chief Executive Officer Replay Acquisition Corp, currently serves as a board member and an executive committee member of Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE: TGS). Previously, he served as an Executive Managing Director of Werthein Group (2012 to 2019), and also as a board member of GNNW S.A., Experta ART and Cachay S.A. Mr. Gregorio Werthein received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires in 2008, an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2011 and participated in the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School in 2017. In addition, as a former Olympic athlete, he is president of the Argentine Equestrian Federation and is an adviser to the Argentine Olympic Committee.

Emily Kirsch

Founder and Managing Partner, Powerhouse Ventures, USA

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.

Adriana Ortiz

President, National Handcraft Institute (IPA), Paraguay

Adriana Ortiz is a Paraguayan designer and entrepreneur who studied fashion design in Mexico and Spain. She has a degree in Psychology. She started working as an entrepreneur building her own commercial brand of feminine accessories and jewellery integrating craft design with contemporary design. In 2018, she was appointed President of the National Handcraft Institute (IPA). Her work focuses on promoting Paraguayan crafts through contemporary design practices that enable the strengthening of the value chains of artisanal production. This creates opportunities for fairer trade and better incomes for 20,000 artisans, of whom 70% are women. She is also leading the creation of "Safeguard Schools" for the protection of ancestral knowledge, mainly in rural communities. During her mandate, the first Paraguayan Artisan Fund was created to give financial support to civil society organizations working with indigenous communities to promote and develop indigenous crafts. The public policies promoted by IPA allowed for the creation of more than 70 new commercial units to sell Paraguayan crafts in national and international markets with a positive economic impact for many families in the country. Ortiz aims to contribute to a better future for the country and the world.

Sinéad Burke

Chief Executive Officer, Tilting The Lens, Ireland

Sinéad Burke is an educator, writer, and Founder of consultancy company Tilting the Lens, continually asking, ‘is this accessible?’ Sinéad starts conversations in every room to bring visibility to inaccessibility and partners with clients and stakeholders to build collaborative solutions that have impact today, tomorrow, and forever. Through an education, advocacy, and design approach, Tilting the Lens works to create more accessible practices, products, and places, building a more equitable world. Sinéad has been hosting conversations with leaders for over a decade, first through her blog, then through the ‘As Me with Sinéad’ podcast which has included conversations with activists and thinkers including Samantha Power, DeRay McKesson, Lonnie Bunch III, Riz Ahmed, and Glenda Jackson. She is the author of ‘Break the Mould’, a book that encourages children to find their place in the world. The book is a number one bestseller and was awarded the ‘Irish Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)’ Award. Sinéad is the first little person to appear on the cover of Vogue as she featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ issue; guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. She is a member of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’, Council of State, and a member of Gucci's Global Equity Board. She is responsible for the introduction of the term ‘duine beag’ (little person) into the Irish language dictionary.

Bryony Winn

Chief Strategy Officer, Anthem, Inc., USA

Responsible for shaping Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's strategy, evaluating partnerships and improving consumer experience. Before joining Blue Cross, former Partner, McKinsey & Company. A native of Zimbabwe, began McKinsey career by providing strategic and operational counsel to a wide variety of clients across Europe and Africa. 2011, relocated to the US and advised chief executive officers and state leaders on improving systems of care and transforming payment models. Rhodes Scholar; MPhil in International Development, University of Oxford, UK.