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

Susannah Rodgers

Technical Adviser, Disability Inclusion, Economic Empowerment, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom

A successful former professional Paralympic swimmer who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning six medals across both Games including gold in the 50m Butterfly in Rio and 5 bronze medals. In total, Susie has won 30 international medals throughout her career at all levels of competition, including 17 gold. She still holds a number of European records in her class in Para-swimming nearly a decade later. Susie has a First Class honours degree from Newcastle University in Modern Languages, holds a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership and studied a course on leadership at IESE business school in Spain. She recently completed executive education courses in Sustainability at Stanford University and in Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Susie is an expert adviser for global clients on disability inclusion and currently works for the UK Government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion, working previously on economic development and now focusing on global health. She has been advising on a number of projects of over £4bn investments in companies around the world, pioneering new inclusive approaches, designs, thinking and strategy around ensuring the most vulnerable are not left behind in international development. She has worked as a consultant on disability inclusion for many years in addition to her career in sport and is an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council. Susie is a sought-after public speaker, podcast guest and has hosted and spoken on panels as well as individually at events including at Davos, academic and education institutions, NGOs, gender diversity conferences (SHE conference), universities, businesses and events in both the public and private sectors. She has also worked previously for a number of organizations, including in the elite sport sector and with young people on education and cultural mobility programmes in different countries. She is an experienced non-executive director, currently sitting on two boards in the UK, including a technology start-up in 3D printed upper limb prosthetics and is currently Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Panel at Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, which funds projects promoting wellbeing in communities through social cohesion, volunteering, the arts and physical activity in the UK. She previously chaired a sub-committee for an organization leading high profile cases and successful pro bono investigations into athlete welfare and safeguarding, working collaboratively to reduce bullying and harassment in elite sport, as well as supporting efforts to fund young aspiring athletes. She is a patron of various charities and an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and recently created a series of paintings of marine life which have been sold as prints to raise money for UK marine conservation efforts. Her interests and expertise include diversity and inclusion, raising awareness globally around disability, empowerment for all and ocean conservation. She is passionate about education, cultural exchange and collaborative working. She was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen.

Barbara Ann Bernard

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Wincrest Capital Ltd, Bahamas

Founder & Chief Investment Officer of asset management firm, Wincrest Capital. Barbara Ann was named as one of the top 50 Women in Hedge Funds globally by Ernst & Young and the Hedge Fund Journal in 2019. She co-founded the Variant Perspectives: Women in Value Investing Conference and was honored as a Young Global Leader in 2018 by the World Economic Forum. Her passion for investing goes back to her days of growing up in The Bahamas where as a teenager she persuaded legendary value investor Sir John Templeton, a fellow Bahamian resident, to take her on board for the first of what would become a series of summer jobs at Templeton, instilling a fundamental value-oriented investment approach to the public markets. Later, working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, followed by alternative asset management at Deutsche Bank, and as an investment analyst at Holowesko Partners, she acquired a robust grasp of private market valuation and the hedge fund industry. Today, she is the portfolio manager of the Wincrest Contraria Fund, which is a global long/short equity fund of niche, esoteric investment ideas based on bottom-up "Go-See & Verify" research. Barbara Ann is a graduate of Li Po Chun United World Colleges ("UWC") in Hong Kong, Lakefield College School in Canada, and the London School of Economics, where she Chaired the LSE Business Society. She is currently a Director of the Lyford Cay Foundation and Chair of the UWC Bahamian National Committee.

Mathieu Flamini

Founder, GFBiochemicals S.p.A, United Kingdom

Partner, GFBiochemicals, a leading global producer of levulinic acid and derivatives. Co-founded the business seven years ago with the ambition of finding sustainable alternatives to oil- based products. 2016, GFBiochemicals acquired Segetis, a leading producer of levulinic acid derivatives. Has always been interested in new technology and has played an active role in developing the businesses alongside playing career at AC Milan, Arsenal and Crystal Palace. At the World Bio Markets Awards in 2016, nominated as Bio-based Business Person of the Year. Member, Paris 2024 Olympic Environmental Excellence Committee. Was part of the team that created BIOCIRCE, Europe’s first Masters’ degree dedicated to the bioeconomy, through GFBiochemical’s collaboration with several leading Italian universities. Having co-founded GFBiochemicals, pivotal role in the creation of both BIOCIRCE and the BioJournal further underlines commitment to the long-term development of the bioeconomy.

Andrey A. Guryev

Chief Executive Officer, PhosAgro, Russian Federation

Andrey Guryev was appointed CEO by PhosAgro’s Board of Directors starting 1 August 2013. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as Deputy CEO of OJSC PhosAgro from April 2011. He was also Deputy CEO for Sales and Logistics of PhosAgro AG from October 2011 to June 2013. From June 2013 to August 2013 Mr. Guryev was the COO of PhosAgro AG. Mr. Guryev has worked at PhosAgro since 2004, holding various positions in the finance department and specialising in fertilizer exports.

Mr Guryev graduated from The University of Greenwich in London with a BA in economics, and holds a Master’s degree from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He received a PhD in economics from the National Mineral Resources University (University of Mining).

Fatoumata Ba

Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo, Côte d'Ivoire

Tech entrepreneur and venture capital. Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo; Managing Partner, Janngo Capital. Janngo builds, grows and invests in pan-African tech for good champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact. Janngo is backed by African snf International strategic and financial investors including the Mulliez Family, Clipperton Finance and African HNWI. At Jumia, a tech unicorn in Africa listed on the New York Stock Exchange, served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Côte d’Ivoire, Managing Director, Nigeria, and Member of the Executive Committee for Africa. Passionate about leapfrogging development through technology in Africa, in particular when it comes to women's entrepreneurship and empowerment, small and medium-sized enterprise growth and formalization and tackling health and education issues through MedTech and EdTech. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow; Forbes Africa 30 under 30; Aenne Burda Award for visionary leadership, optimism and courage. Member: Board, SouthBridge Investment Bank; Board and Investment Committee, Creadev Africa; Council of Women in Africa; Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, World Economic Forum.

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.

Alanoud Bint Hamad Al Thani

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), Qatar

Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Business Officer of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, where she plays an integral part in achieving QFC’s vision of transforming Doha into a leading global financial and commercial hub by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) towards developing a sustainable local economy.

Previous to her current role, Alanoud was instrumental in driving the organization’s record growth over the past five years and sustaining growth even during the pandemic- increasing by almost 80% the number of firms registering on the platform in 2020.

Prior to joining QFC, Alanoud served as the Qatar Country Representative and Director for Silatech, a Qatar-based social initiative that connects young people to employment opportunities across the Arab region. Out of her deep belief in the need to support Arab youth empowerment, Alanoud greatly expanded Silatech’s operations within Qatar, helping to connect thousands of young people to private sector opportunities and supporting economic development across the Arab region. Her efforts here extend several positions with UN agencies and international organisations specialising in economic development, education, and youth employment.

A recipient of numerous honours and awards, including Young Arab Achiever in 2011 and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Education Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2012, she was recently selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, and HEC Paris, Alanoud has authored numerous reports in the area of private sector development and FDI.

Matthew Chamberlain

Chief Executive Officer, London Metal Exchange, United Kingdom

Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group. In this role, Matt is responsible for an organisation of 500 colleagues, who collectively and responsibly steward the annual trading of 3.5 billion tonnes of base metals around the globe. Matt’s passion is sustainability in business, and believes strongly that leaders have an obligation to use their corporate platforms as vehicles for positive change. Under Matt’s tenure, the LME has introduced ethical standards for the metals traded on its exchange, including working closely with the OECD to give industry effect to metals supply chain standards, ensuring that metal arising from child labour or conflict financing cannot find its way to the global market. Matt is particularly interested in digital solutions for enhanced transparency, and is sponsoring the introduction of the LMEpassport system to provide full disclosure of sustainability credentials (such as carbon footprint) across the metals supply chain. Matt believes that culture sits at the very heart of an organisation, and is particularly proud to have championed the introduction of the LME’s Code of Conduct, which has driven standards of respect, inclusivity and diversity across the global metals trading industry.

Sarah Chen

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, USA

Sarah’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest and are actively deploying beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where women founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze capital deployed to these venture funds, ensuring their continued capacity to invest- by mobilizing LP commitments, convening LPs and connecting them to GPs who invest in venture-backable companies founded by diverse women founders.

Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.

Driven by a mission to fuel women's ambition, power and influence, she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.

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