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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Greenland Impact Expedition
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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
Nadeem Meghji is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Americas for Blackstone Real Estate, which manages $120bn of equity capital globally. In his role, Nadeem oversees a large team of investment and asset management professionals in New York, Los Angeles and Sao Paolo.
Since joining Blackstone, Nadeem has led its successful expansion into new sectors including apartments, life science office, and affordable housing, and has helped lead over $50 billion of transactions. Nadeem has also played a significant role in overseeing Blackstone’s expansion into new investment products in the U.S. This strategy involves a more modest risk profile, longer hold periods and today is one of Blackstone's fastest growing areas.
Nadeem was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a first generation Canadian whose parents emigrated to Canada in the 1970s when their community was largely expelled from their home in East Africa. Nadeem moved to the U.S. from Canada in 1998 for college and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Nadeem is a board member for the Lupus Research Alliance and is the Founder and Co-Chair of the annual Rally Against Lupus awareness event.
Gazal Kalra Co-founder, Rivigo, India Gazal Kalra is the Co-Founder of Rivigo, a tech-logistics startup disrupting the large and unorganized industry. At Rivigo, driven by a simple idea of bringing each truck driver home and a strong purpose of ‘Making logistics human’, Gazal has led the development of technology and products for truck drivers, thereby creating job opportunities in the hinterland in India. She believes in building scalable and purpose driven businesses that fundamentally improve the quality of experience for the users, while creating social impact. The jury of Business Today chose Gazal as one of the ‘Most powerful women in Business in India’ 2019. She was also named as part of Forbes 40 under 40 India’s brightest young business minds 2019 list. She has been a Fulbright Fellow 2011.
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.
Manuella Kaster is a Neuroscientist and an Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Florianopolis-Brazil). Her research group uses basic science and clinical studies to understand the biological mechanisms associated with stress vulnerability and psychiatric disorders, considered a major public health concern worldwide. In 2014 her research was recognized with the L’Oréal, UNESCO and Brazilian Academy of Sciences prize “For Women in Science” and she was nominated as a young member for the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2018-2021).
BSc in Neuroscience, UCLA; PhD in Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge; Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Zurich and University College London. Formerly: Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, Fellow of Jesus College, and Distinguished Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Oxford. Currently, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University. Lab investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms of morality, altruism and economic decision-making. Research integrates perspectives from social psychology, neuroscience, behavioural economics and philosophy, and employs a range of methods, including behavioural experiments, computational modelling, brain imaging and pharmacology. Work has been published in academic journals, including Science, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, PNAS and Current Biology. Research has been covered by numerous news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Has written articles for WIRED, the Guardian and Scientific American. 2012 TED talk (“Beware Neuro-bunk”) has more than 1 million views. Current interests include self-deception and moral hypocrisy; the development of trust in healthy people and psychiatric disorders; moral outrage and political polarization; and how technology transforms social emotions. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named a Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science (2015).
David Chubak is one of the financial world's youngest influencers, leading a business that spans across global markets and serves more than 100 million customers, with 2,600 branches and 65,000 employees. With an eye to the future and an understanding of the past, he adheres to a philosophy that puts customer well-being first. Most recently, Chubak consolidated Citi’s global retail bank and consumer lending businesses and launched a digital banking strategy to ensure the bank meets the needs of the ever-evolving customer.
Kabir Sehgal is the Founder & CEO of Tiger Turn Productions, a multimedia company that specializes in music and film. He previously worked at First Data, where the firm completed the largest IPO on the NYSE in 2015. He began his career at JPMorgan in emerging markets. Sehgal is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of fourteen books including "Coined" and "Fandango at the Wall." He is a contributor to CNBC, Harvard Business Review, Fortune. He is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning produce who has made over 60 albums. He has released two albums as an artist with Deepak Chopra. In addition, he is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer who served on active duty in the Middle East. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.
As Chief Executive Officer, PZU, a leading insurance company in Poland with operations in five countries, heads Central Eastern Europe's biggest financial group. Chairman, Pekao, Poland's second largest bank. Has led PZU to engage in an ambitious new strategy that aims to transform it into one of Europe's most innovative financial services companies with a strong accent on social responsibility. Having lived, studied and worked in Poland, Germany and France, personally committed to building stronger ties across Europe.
Ankur Jain is founder and CEO of Kairos, a venture fund building and investing in companies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Over the years, Kairos has helped launch and grow over $6.5bn worth of companies tackling problems in healthcare, housing costs, transportation networks, and more. Before rejoining Kairos in May 2017, Jain was the VP of Product at Tinder, the world’s largest social network for meeting people. He joined Tinder after it acquired his previous company, Humin, where he served as Founder & CEO.
Over the years Jain has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World” and awarded Jain “30 Under 30”. In 2012, Jain was named “30 under 30: Solution Broker” by the Christian Science Monitor. And in 2015, Forbes also named Jain to their “30 under 30” list. Jain also currently serves on the innovation board of the X-Prize foundation and as a member of the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations.