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
Dalal Saeb Iriqat
Iriqat, Dalal, Dr., is assistant professor at the Arab American University Palestine. Dalal is a weekly columnist at AlQuds Newspaper since 2016. She served as VP for International Relations for AAUP 2018-2022. Previously served as senior advisor of strategic communications at PMO 2017-2018. Dalal’s research focus on Diplomacy, Nation Branding, Palestinian State Building, Coercive Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is author of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century, Diplomacy in the perspective of Peace Building, Limitations of Coercive Diplomacy, Diplomacy for Democracy post Oslo, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19. She served as the Senior Policy Consultant for writing the Human Development Report UNDP for Palestine in 2015. Dalal taught at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University between 2011-12. Dalal was elected President of the Diplomatic Academy of London Students’ Association in 2003. She was also a member of the students’ council at the University of Jordan in 2001. Dalal is passionate about bringing change into the Palestinian society through education, she is passionate about improving Palestinian Diplomacy and better brand Palestine. Iriqat is a founding member Mediterranean Women Mediators Network MWMN, founder member for Palestine Experts for Education under Covid-19, Founding and Board member of the Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Center PCRSC, board member of Lycée Franćais International of Ramallah, board member of Eco Peace Palestine and sits on the jury board of 3alArd initiative. Dalal IRIQAT has a PhD in Public Administration from Paris I Sorbonne 2011, A Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University in London 2004 and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Jordan 2003 and she continues to learn.
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Barbara Mulvee is a seasoned financial services executive, strategic advisor and angel investor. Most recently, she was a Managing Director and Global COO of Securities Research at Credit Suisse. During her 12 years at the bank, she held multiple roles, primarily leading business strategy for the Global Markets division. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, she spent five years at Deloitte Consulting serving financial services clients. Barbara was appointed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2020, where she is currently serving a five year term. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Center of New York, a non-profit focused on providing children and their families with healthcare and other social services in New York City, where she chairs the strategic planning committee and sits on the finance committee. Barbara currently resides in New York City with her husband, Conner.
Umra Omar received her bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology at Oberlin in 2006. After receiving a master’s degree and starting a career in Washington, D.C., Omar returned to her native country and during a visit to her childhood community on the islands of the Kenya-Somalia border, she learned about a medical aid project that had been abandoned because of the security concerns. That’s when Omar founded Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides free basic (and potentially life-saving) medical services, youth community health trainings and civic engagement for women. In 2016 Omar was selected as a CNN Hero, and in 2017, she was recognised as the 2017 UN Person of the Year.
Frederic Hoffmann devotes his time to supporting entrepreneurs in both non-profit and commercial organisations. He focuses on sustainability strategy, and enjoys working on innovative and cross-sectorial projects. Frederic has entrepreneurial experience and in 2018 built a venture fund investing in food and agtech. Today, Frederic serves on the board and advises clean-tech startups and philanthropic foundations, including the MAVA Foundation. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2021-22 is doing an executive MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.
As the youngest female mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth most populous city in the US, Kate Gallego has built a reputation as a public servant . She has championed infrastructure solutions, sustainability, and economic development. Under her leadership, Phoenix is the fastest growing city in the United States.
Richard Walker is the managing director of Iceland, the United Kingdom grocer specializing in frozen foods. Iceland was founded in 1970 by Walker's father, Sir Malcolm Walker. Walker took over as managing director in August of 2018 and has led the retailer's concerted charge against the use of plastics and palm oil in the grocery sector. Previously, Walker was managing director of Iceland Food’s sister brand the Food Warehouse and Iceland’s director for sustainability. Iceland has been at the forefront of driving sustainability initiatives in the retail industry, which includes the frozen food chain’s commitment to eliminating plastic packaging for all own-brand products within five years and, most recently, a pledge to remove palm oil from the ingredients in all its products by the end of 2018.
Luis Cervantes established and leads General Atlantic’s Mexico office, focusing on the firm’s growth investments in Mexico and across Latin America. Luis co-led General Atlantic’s investments and is a member of the Board of Directors of Justo (online supermarket), Kavak (used-auto ecommerce), Axo (fashion omnichannel retailer), Clip (payments platform) and Laboratorios Sanfer (pharmaceutical lab), and previously participated in the Board of Directors of Sura Asset Management and Santander Asset Management Mexico. Luis also serves as a member of the board of directors of Endeavor Mexico (entrepreneurship non-for-profit) and of Ordas-Howden (insurance brokerage), is a member of YPO and was an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Luis was at Advent International where he concentrated on investments across sectors in Latin America. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking team at UBS in the Latin American group based in Mexico City. Luis graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with honors, from Universidad Iberoamerica and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Anahita Thoms is an award-winning lawyer who focuses her practice on global investigations, in the field of sustainability and international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, foreign investment review, data protection, business and human rights. She leads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of the firm's Europe, Middle East and African regional Steering Committee for the Compliance & Investigations Group. She is a Board Member of Atlantik-Brücke, serves on the National Committee of Unicef Germany and is Advisory Board Member of the Sustainable Finance Council of the German Federal Government. She is a regularly interviewed by media outlets as an expert and is a speaker at international conferences on diverse topics, such as trade, sustainability, diversity and ethics. Anahita is committed to giving back to society and is passionate about human rights and the fight against modern slavery.
Christian Zeinler is Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at UBS where he has reorganized the team structure. He is passionate about the people mission in his job and invests significant time in sponsoring and coaching colleagues while creating opportunities. Prior to UBS, he successfully launched and managed a convertible bond fund before working at McKinsey & Company. Zeinler was one of McKinsey’s Core Leaders in its Wealth and Asset Management practice, leading and driving its efforts and knowledge creation globally on Investment Solutions. As a Partner, he was able to shape the industry’s strategic agenda working with the global leading institutions in this space.