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

Jessica Jackson

Chief Advocacy Officer, Reform Alliance, USA

Jessica Jackson’s quest for justice began in a Georgia courtroom. The high-school dropout held her two-month-old daughter and watched helplessly as her husband was sentenced to six years in prison. In that moment, she decided to turn her shock into a crusade to change the justice system. As a single mother, she graduated college and law school. Today she is a leader in the bipartisan movement to end excessive incarceration. Jessica’s specialty is bringing political rivals together to pass bills considered “impossible.” As the bill’s main advocate, she led the drive to pass 2018’s “First Step Act.” The New York Times called the law “the most substantial justice reform in a generation;” it has already helped free more than 16,000 people. While leading her national initiative, #cut50, Jessica helped ban the shackling of jailed pregnant women in 14 states. Her “Dignity for Incarcerated Women” campaign enlisted formerly incarcerated women and dozens of celebrities to deepen the focus on women’s issues. At the helm of #cut50, Jessica built the biggest national grassroots network for bipartisan reform, #cut50’s Empathy Network. Jessica has led not only on the national level, but was also elected the youngest-ever Mayor of Mill Valley, California where she focused on affordable housing. Today, she now helps lead the REFORM Alliance, an organization where she is continuing her work to end mass incarceration and mass supervision. Jessica continues to take clemency cases as well, working on both the federal and state level to secure a second chance for individuals who have lengthy prison sentences. Jessica turned her hopelessness into hope for millions.

Kush Saxena

A technology, strategy and business leader with global experience across financial services, healthcare and retail, Kush Saxena has driven initiatives that have sharply differentiated Mastercard's role in inclusion and digital identity. Additionally, Saxena co-founded Democracy Connect, a crowd-sourced advisory and information platform for Indian Members of Parliament.

Kent Ho

Founder and General Partner, S28 Capital, Hong Kong SAR, China

Kent Ho is a veteran Silicon Valley investor and innovation advocate who believes in the transformative power of technology to solve society’s greatest challenges. With his broad networks in both the US and Asia, Kent is on a mission to bring the radical thinking that defines Silicon Valley to Asia, and to connect Asia’s corporations with breakthrough technology in America.

Haley Lowry

Global Sustainability Director, Dow, USA

Haley is a Global Sustainability Director at Dow with 15 years’ experience creating new circular business models and products that integrate social, environmental and commercial goals across CPG, retail, and plastics sectors. She’s found the intersection of business and impact by using her job for good. As a courageous-leader in sustainability, she has shaped one of the largest company risks into growth opportunity. She frequently speaks about plastic waste issues and solutions at Green Biz, USAID, and SXSW and has been published in Sustainable Brands, WEF and the Guardian. Over the years, Haley has held roles in marketing, competitive intelligence and sales at Dow. During her undergraduate degree, Haley worked for Nike focusing on competitive analysis. Haley holds an MBA from the University of Texas. Most recently, during COVID 19, she catalyzed a movement for financially supporting waste pickers, among the world’s most marginalized, but critical to delivering a circular economy for plastic waste. She is passionate about using business as a force for good to solve social and environmental challenges and has completed Harvard Business School’s Creating Shared Value Leadership Program.

Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh

Senior Special Envoy, North America, The Jewish Agency, USA

In 2015, Gadeer was selected to host the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s daily newscast in Arabic, and in 2017 she began anchoring its main Hebrew Saturday evening newscast, as well as a nightly newscast, becoming the first non-Jewish female anchor to broadcast the main evening news in the Hebrew language in Israel.

In April 2019, Kamal-Mreeh was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White party, making history as the first Druze woman to become a Member of the Knesset. During her tenure, she chaired the Caucus for Planning, Zoning and Industrial Areas, and the Caucus for the Advancement of Druze Women. She was a member of the Interior and Environment Committee, the Advancement of Women’s Status and Gender Equality Committee, and of the special committee for fighting crime within the Arab sector. Kamal Mreeh co-chaired the Israel-Germany friendship group and chaired the Israel-Switzerland parliamentary friendship group. Kamal-Mreeh holds a degree with honors from Bar-Ilan University in Medical Imaging and Social Sciences, and a master’s degree with honors in International Relations from Haifa University, specializing in negotiations and making decisions in international relations.

After deciding to take a time-out from politics, Kamal-Mreeh became in 2021 the Jewish Agency’s first senior Druze emissary to the U.S. Based in Washington D.C. Gadeer is a “Munich Young Leaders” Alumni and, in 2021, was chosen by the “World Economic Forum” as one of the young global leaders. In the same year, Gadeer was also awarded the "Knight of Government Quality" by “The Movement for Quality Government in Israel.”
Kamal-Mreeh was born and lived in the Druze village, Daliyat al-Carmel. She is married to Shadi and a mother of two children, Tom and Liam.Gadeer enjoys cooking, creation, nature, and quality time with her family, which is the key to her pure happiness. Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh’s personal and professional journey makes her a powerful embodiment of Israeli society’s diversity and complexity.

Barbara Maul

Managing Director, Credit Suisse, USA

Barbara Maul (Mulvee) was most recently a Managing Director in the Investment Bank division of Credit Suisse, based in New York and served as the Global COO of Securities Research and she led business strategy for the Global Markets (“GM”) division. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2010, she spent five years at Deloitte Consulting. She also serves on 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. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, Conner.

Tara Singh Vachani

Chief Executive Officer, Antara Senior Living Pvt. Ltd, India

Tara Singh Vachani is the Managing Director of Antara Senior Living, focused on improving the lives of seniors. Antara Senior Living is the first Indian venture creating vibrant residential communities that offer lifestyle with lifecare. Tara is also engaged with the Max India Foundation.

Ivy Huq Russell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maya, Bangladesh

Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO & founder of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.

Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.

Swapan Mehra

Chief Executive Officer, Iora Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India

Swapan Mehra is the Chief Executive Officer of Iora Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and is a global leader in climate action and ecosystem conservation. His pioneered work on finance, technology and governance-led interventions in community forestry has been lauded at forums such as the MIT Climate Co-lab, Norway REDD exchange and the UNFCCC COP. He has led international carbon finance teams at AES, Evolution Markets and EcoSecurities and has leveraged over $10 billion of public and $75 million in private environmental finance. His tech-led work on conserving 10 million hectares of forests is shaping national strategies and policies in India. He recently completed a Mid Career MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and is currently spearheading the setting up a new Nature and Resilient platform focused on South Asia.