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
Building and leading WeWork’s first central Growth Team, Sam Lee is a recognized growth leader and charged with exponentially accelerating WeWork's membership and revenue growth through data modeling and insight, product innovation, growth strategy, and sales and marketing.
Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the technology, education, and healthcare industries. He is also a Limited Partner and Board Member at Redesign Health, a venture studio that partners with entrepreneurs to identify, launch, and scale new direct-to-consumer healthcare businesses that improve access and elevate patient experience.
Sam earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.
Alejandro is an entrepreneur, economist and innovation manager. He has worked in strategic consulting and investment banking. He is the CEO and co-founder of Enertiva, a leading company with the purpose of making solar energy easy and possible for companies in Latin America (SDG #7).
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.
Sheila Redzepi is Vice President for External and Corporate Relations at the World Bank Group. Sheila joined the World Bank Group from Unilever, where she was responsible for driving Unilever's global advocacy on key sustainability and strategic business priorities. She worked alongside Unilever's CEO across a range of industry platforms, and with a number of international and advocacy organizations. Previously, Redzepi was Vice President for Communications and Sustainability, responsible for external relations and issue management, employee engagement, partnerships and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in Europe. Before joining Unilever in 2013, Sheila worked for Weber Shandwick, the global communications agency, where she most recently managed the company’s Social Impact practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Region. She began her career working at the United Nations and in gender advocacy.
O'Neil is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Shadow Minister for Justice in Australia's federal parliament. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Harvard graduate, a published author and former Mayor and Councillor in the City of Greater Dandenong.
Entrepreneur. Chief Executive Officer, SoHo Partners. Founder, Song Saa Collective. Pioneers of sustainable development in South-East Asia. 2013, founded the Song Saa Foundation, an independent NGO dedicated to preserving Koh Rong’s underwater sanctuaries, providing alternative means of livelihood for its residents and bringing much-needed healthcare and education to the region. Speaker at international conferences, including the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organisation. Former advertising executive and worked for multinational firms including Saatchi and Saatchi. Graduate, Harvard Business School; studied sustainability and resilience, Stanford University; BEcon, Sydney University. Completed the Coast to Coast in 2015, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, set in New Zealand, in 17 hours; offshore sailor, downhill skier and long-distance runner.
Chief Executive Officer, Chairlady of the Board, and Founder of Yidu Tech Inc. Ms Gong is responsible for the overall strategy, business direction and management of the Company.
She has previously worked for Credit Suisse First Boston, Global Infrastructure Partners LLP, Deutsche Bank AG and other well-known investment banks and institutions, where she accumulated extensive investment experience and industry insights. Ms. Gong also founded Guizhou Province Xiao Yingying Charity Foundation (贵州省笑盈盈慈善基金会) in March 2019, a charitable foundation focusing on the support of children with rare or major illnesses.
In 2019, she was elected as one of the nine Young Global Leaders from the Greater China region by the World Economic Forum. She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Has devoted career to unlocking Saudi Arabia's economic potential. Work, including in venture capital, has helped lay the foundation for a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and a technology agenda shaping the leading energy and chemicals company in the world.
Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs