The new generation of leaders
10 years of impact

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Founded by Professor Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum 10 years ago, the Forum of Young Global Leaders has built a community made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place. Upon nomination, YGLs already have a proven record of extraordinary personal achievement. They also have two distinct features: they have achieved their success young – under the age of 40 – and have shown a commitment to making a positive impact on 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. Set up as an independent, not-for-profit foundation under the Swiss government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is an integral part of the World Economic Forum and part of the larger New Champions community.


Video Testimonials of Young Global Leaders

  • Adam Werbach
    Co-founder of yerdle USA
  • Brian Behlendorf
    Managing Director, Mithril Capital Management USA
  • Sam Goldman
    Founder and Chief Customer Officer, d.light design USA
  • Valerie Keller
    Executive Director, Strategic Transformation, EY USA
  • Oliver Niedermaier
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tau Investment Management USA
  • Anton Plessis
    Managing Director, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) South Africa
  • Shamina Singh
    Executive Director of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth USA
  • Amit Mehra
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RML Information Services India
  • Felix Maradiaga
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Fundación Libertad (FL) Nicaragua
  • Yap Kwong Weng
    Chief Operating Officer, Parami Energy Group of Companies Myanmar
  • Jennifer Corriero
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, TakingITGlobal Canada
  • Arturo Condo
    President, INCAE Business School Costa Rica
  • André Loesekrug-Pietri
    Executive Chairman, Paulina Foundation People's Republic of China
  • Mina Guli
    Chief Executive Officer, Thirst People's Republic of China
  • Renée Maria Tremblay
    Visiting Professional, International Criminal Court Canada
  • Robyn Scott
    Co-Founder, Brothers for All United Kingdom
  • Kala Mulqueeny
    Principal Counsel, Asian Development Bank Philippines
  • David Hertz
    Founder and Managing Director, Gastromotiva Brazil
  • Mark Pollock
    Collaboration Catalyst and Explorer, Mark Pollock Trust Ireland
  • Rain Newton-Smith
    Director of Economics, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) United Kingdom
  • Sonia Medina
    Director, Climate Change, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) United Kingdom

YGLs in numbers


YGL blogs on the Forum Agenda

Can technology save the environment?

In a world of 9 billion expected by 2050 – including 3 billion new middle-class consumers – the challenges of expanding supply to meet future demand are unprecedented.

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My robotic legs and the frontiers of innovation

How do you lead in a crisis: a disaster on Mount Everest, an oil spill, a collapse trapping 33 Chilean miners underground, or, in my case, going blind and then…?

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Has China’s growth only just begun?

The way I view the prospects of the Chinese economy in the coming years is with guarded optimism – guarded because distortions are rampant in the economy…

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