Introducing the Young Global Leaders Class of 2014

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Young Global Leaders Class of 2014

This year’s class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs) come from 66 countries across 7 regions, and equally represent the public and private sector. Out of the total 214 YGLs honoured, 109 are women. Tap or hover your cursor over the map to find out more about the 2014 YGLs.

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Who are the Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 900 exceptional young leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place. They have committed their energy and knowledge to the most critical issues facing humankind. The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society.

The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society. Nominated under 40, these young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body, while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to serving society at large.

What makes a Young Global Leader

They have achieved their success young – under the age of 40.

Demonstrated commitment to serving society at large.

Recognized record of extraordinary achievement, substantial leadership experience and a clear indication that this will continue for the rest of their career.

Impeccable public record and good standing in their community.

YGLs are the first truly global generation, who have grown up living, studying and working in different countries. In many ways, they are “triathletes,” possessing the skills and experience to be successful across private, public and civil society organizations. We believe that this unique feature is the starting place for resolving the world’s challenges. The next generation of leaders will need to facilitate change across traditional silos in order to improve the state of the world. In order to achieve this, YGLs have three main objectives, empasised below. You can find out more on the Young Global Leaders Website.




to build a diverse global community of peers who engage in networks and processes that look for forward-looking and innovative solutions to the problems faced by humankind

to transform the next generation of leaders through personal experiences that build knowledge and engender better understanding of global, regional and industry agendas

to positively impact global challenges by engaging YGLs in initiatives and workstreams related to specific challenges they have identified

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