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

Anushka Ratnayake

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, myAgro, USA

Anushka is the Founder and Executive Director of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since mid-2008, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka is considered a leader in digital solutions for smallholder farmers and is a featured speaker in many high profile events to lend her voice to financial inclusion, agriculture, gender inclusion and agriculture.

Faten Kallel

Politician, Independent, Tunisia

Named Secretary of State for Youth Affairs in the national unity government since September 2016. At earlier Adviser to the Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy, between July 2015 and August 2016, responsible for the relaunch of the co development sector. I also accompanied the minister of development, international cooperation and investment in the administrative reform of his ministry, in the period between February 2015 and July 2015. Originally a management consultant specializing in organizational issues and operational performance in the public sector. Political board member of the party Afek Tounes, represented in Parliament by 8 deputies. Candidate in the 2011 and 2014 parliamentary elections on the Tunis region.

Richard Martinez

Vice President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank, USA

Minister of Economics and Finance of Ecuador. Previously served as Chairman of the Ecuadorian Business Committee (CCE).

Lisa Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosphere+, United Kingdom

Lisa Walker recently left BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change to become CEO of start-up Ecosphere+. Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years, closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy formation, sector coalition building and low-carbon business development. She was a driving force behind the UK Emissions Trading Group, the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (which she Co-Chaired), the Sustainable Gas Institute and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Lisa helped BG Group secure multiple industry awards for sustainability. Before BG Group Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of the BP Carbon Ventures corporate-VC fund. Lisa successfully secured capital for many innovative investments in sustainable land-use and forestry, low-carbon technologies and b io-energy, including first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Lisa is a mother of four and originally from New Zealand.

Florian Hoffmann

Founder, The DO, Germany

Florian is founder and CEO of The DO and a thought leader for a new economy that is sustainable, innovative and equitable. The DO is home to the DO Group and DO School. The DO Group works with organisations on their purposeful transformation. The DO School is a life-long learning center that believes in the power of hands-on learning. And, as a social business, The DO Community connects The DO's global ecosystem and young entrepreneurs from over 100 countries in the belief that together, our actions can solve the big challenges of our time. Previously, Florian co-founded and led organisations in philanthropy, media and the lifestyle industry in Asia, Europe and the US. He holds an MPhil in International Politics from St Antony´s College, Oxford University with distinction and regularly teaches and contributes to the debate on using entrepreneurship and innovation to create positive change in the world. Florian is a recipient of the German government award Land der Ideen and was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2017. He lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

Mona Hammami

Senior Director, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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

Katherine Maher

Chief Executive Officer, Wikimedia Foundation, USA

An unusual technology executive; balances the demands of a mission-based volunteer non-profit with the realities of running one of the world's most popular consumer platforms. A bold voice for equity and opportunity, with a long background as an outspoken advocate for human rights; work focuses on the transformative, and often socially disruptive, nature of new technologies. Passionate about finding the commonalities in our interconnected and interdependent human experience.

El Seed Faouzi

Artist & Founder, El Seed Studio, Tunisia

eL Seed uses Arabic calligraphy and a distinctive style to spread messages of peace, unity and to underline the commonalities of human existence. His artwork can be found all over the world and consistently aim at unifying communities and redressing stereotypes. Born in 1981 in Paris to Tunisian parents, he was disconnected from his Arabic roots, speaking only the Tunisian dialect of the language at home. In his teenage years in a kind of quest for his identity, he began to delve into his own heritage and learned to read and write standard Arabic.It was during this journey that he began to develop his artistic style of calligraphy, which would later bring him worldwide acclaim. He found that Arabic calligraphy was a way of building a link between his equally important French and Tunisian backgrounds and as he matured, eL Seed began to use that same calligraphy as a tool to build bridges all over the world. Whenever he works within a community, he spends a long time researching to find an appropriate quote to summarise the voice of the community he is working within and to underline his key principals of love, respect and tolerance. His work has been shown in exhibitions and in public places all over the world including most notably on the façade of L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, in the favelas of Rio di Janeiro, on the DMZ in between North and South Korea, in the slums of Cape Town and in the heart of Cairo’s garbage collectors neighbourhood. In 2017, he won the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. He was named a Global Thinker in 2016 by Foreign Policy for his project ‘Perception’ in Cairo. In 2013, he collaborated with Louis Vuitton on their famous ‘Foulard d’Artiste’.

Zou Hao

Chief Executive Officer, Tsimage Technology, People's Republic of China

Dr. Hao Zou is Founder of Tsimage/Abundy Technology and Director of the Center for Medical Imaging and Health at the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen. His work and experience include academic research, not-for-profit projects, and entrepreneurial endeavors in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, and Medical Technology related areas. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and MA in Economics from Stanford University and completed the four degrees in three years.