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
David Moinina Sengeh
Sierra Leone’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Also Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education. Previously, Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. Born and raised in Sierra Leone; PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where research in the biomechatronics group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing. President and Co-Founder of the international NGO Global Minimum (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship programme and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1,000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.
David Chubak is one of the financial world's youngest influencers. In his former role at Citi, David led 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. In this most recent position, David consolidated the financial institution'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.
Raghav Chadha is an Indian political leader from the Aam Aadmi Party. He is currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Delhi, representing the Rajendra Nagar consistency. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, a government agency responsible for the supply of potable water to the most of the National Capital Territory region of Delhi. Chadha has served in his party as a Member of the Political Affairs Committee, National Executive Committee and National Treasurer.
Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st century philanthropy advancing AI and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. A leading voice on equity in a tech-enabled world, Vilas champions individuals and communities as architects, decision makers, and primary stakeholders in shaping our digital future. A trained computer scientist, lawyer, and philanthropist, Vilas serves on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), the Board of Directors at AccessLex, as Expert Contributor to OECD.AI, Co-Chair of the Global AI Action Alliance at the World Economic Forum, Advisor to MIT SOLVE, Director of the Network of Engaged International Donors, and as a Trustee of the Christensen Fund. He has been named a Young Global Leader and Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and has previously served as a Senior Fellow of the Berggruen Institute, the Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change at Harvard University, Practitioner Resident on Artificial Intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Illinois.
Vilas holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and dual Bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Birmingham, where his research drives novel approaches to economic and policy infrastructure for a data enabled society to support and empower vulnerable populations.
David Alexander Walcott
David is a Medical Doctor (MD., Ph.D. MSc.) and Entrepreneur with over 10 years experience as a Founder, Operator and Consultant to several businesses in the Caribbean & Latin America. Professionally, he is committed to attracting world-class healthcare resources into emerging markets through Novamed, a healthcare holdings & consulting firm that actions best-practices and global insights through its portfolio companies spanning healthcare services, strategy consulting in healthcare, medical education & conferences. His work in healthcare has been recognized by Forbes, World Economic Forum, the United Nations and the IMF and his firm led the largest private donation of PPE into the Caribbean and has completed extensive public & private sector projects in emerging market healthcare. He is also Founding Partner of The Visionaries’ Summit & My Destination Experience, knowledge & opportunity exchange platforms designed to attract investment into the Caribbean convening a community controlling US$140 billion in equity that has seeded over US$300 million in investments in the region. A Rhodes Scholar, his academic profile includes Oxford, INSEAD & Harvard and he is the previous Co-Chair of the Global Shapers' Covid-19 Steering Committee, and Young Global Leader & a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council.
Akshay Naheta is a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers and is a member of the Executive Management Committee of the firm. He received a S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 and a B.S., highest honours, in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2003.
Drawing on personal experience as a serial entrepreneur and founder, Veronika through her Single Family Office, invests in
alternative investments in high growth emerging markets with a very strong focus on sustainability.
Veronika is also a co-founder of one of the largest Human Capital development companies in Indonesia (Qerja.com, Jobs. Id, Karir. Com, Linardi Associates, Kelas.com). Qerja is Indonesia’s first online community for empowering professionals on making the right decisions for their careers by creating a platform for professionals to share knowledge, salary and experiences. Qerja introduces transparency to an otherwise opaque working environment.
Emi Nakamura is the Chancellor's Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, business cycles and macroeconomic measurement. She is a co-editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-director of the Monetary Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers and the American Economic Association Committee on National Statistics. She is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize, the NSF Career Grant, and the Sloan Research Fellowship, and in 2014 was named by the IMF as one of the Top 25 Economists under 45.
Juan Carlos Rincón
Juan Carlos Rincón is an Opinion Editor at El Espectador, Colombia's oldest and most respected newspaper. He also a Co-Founder of YouTube channel La Pulla, a political opinion show he runs with four fellow journalists. In 2016, the La Pulla team received the Simón Bolivar National Prize, the country’s most prestigious journalism award, for a video championing the right of same-sex couples to adopt children. Rincón also co-founded other digital projects, including Las Igualadas and La Puesverdad, which have helped change the media landscape in Colombia and Latin America by merging more traditional journalism with new formats and digital languages.