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Here’s How Tomorrow’s Leaders Will Improve the World




The world’s most driven researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40 are today joining the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2021.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable future, while meeting increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today, there are 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries. Notable members include prime ministers Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica, actor Yao Chen, lawyer Amal Clooney and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.

YGLs are active in today’s most exciting and dynamic fields and focus on impact. In the past year they have worked on more than 30 COVID-19-related initiatives, including expanding the use of free public digital health services, launching data challenges to build an ecosystem that can help tackle the pandemic, creating mobile intensive care shelters, opening mental health support platforms and working on vaccine development

The class of 2021 is gender equal and has representatives from 56 countries. Members will take part in a five-year programme, which offers executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas among a trusted network of peers.

“The YGL Class of 2021 is comprised of thoughtful and courageous leaders who will shape a more sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic era,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

“We are delighted to welcome the class of 2021 at a time when cultivating responsible leadership is needed more than ever to steer us through the multiple challenges the world is facing,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Meet the 2021 YGL Class

Academia and Research

  • Abasi Ene-Obong, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, 54gene, United States of America
  • Dalal Saeb Iriqat, Vice-President for International Relations, Arab American University-Palestine, Palestinian Territories
  • Devi Sridhar, University Lecturer in Global Health Politics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ibram X Kendi, Director of the Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University, United States of America
  • Izkia Siches, President, Medical College of Chile, Chile
  • Lu Chaoyang, Professor, University of Science and Technology of China, People’s Republic of China
  • Peter Biar Ajak, Visiting Fellow and Adjunct Faculty, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, United States of America
  • Tom Crowther, Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Wu Chen, Deputy Director, Department of International Collaboration, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, People’s Republic of China

Arts, Media and Sports

  • Adriana Cargill, Independent Journalist, United States of America
  • Christoph Bornschein, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TLGG (Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr), Germany
  • Faouzi Khlifi (known as El Seed), Artist and Founder, El Seed Studio, Tunisia
  • Hu Ge, Actor, Hu Ge Studio, People’s Republic of China
  • Jessica Mauboy, Artist, Parade Management, Australia
  • Li Ni, Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Bilibili Inc., People’s Republic of China
  • Lukas Nelson, Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist, United States of America
  • Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Captain, Bangladesh Cricket Team, Bangladesh
  • Nathalia Arcuri, Founder/President, Me Poupe, Brazil
  • Rohan Ramakrishnan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The ASEAN Post, Malaysia
  • Wang Guan, Chief Correspondent, CGTN, People’s Republic of China

Banking and Investment

  • Brian Kaufmann, Portfolio Manager; Head, Private Investments; Management Committee Member, Viking Global Investors, United States of America
  • Catherine Lenson, Chief Human Resources Officer, SoftBank Investment Advisors (UK), United Kingdom
  • Cristina Fonseca, Chief Executive Officer, Cleverly, Portugal
  • Daniel Ahn, Managing Director, Chief US Economist, Head of Markets 360 and North America, BNP Paribas, United States of America
  • Gregoire Pictet, Chief Executive Officer, Pictet North America, Banque Pictet and Cie, Switzerland
  • Lee Seung Gun, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Viva Republica (Toss), Republic of Korea
  • Luis Felipe Cervantes Legorreta, Principal and Head of Mexico Office, General Atlantic, United States of America
  • Mohammad Salem Omaid, Chief Executive Officer, Azizi Bank, Afghanistan


  • Andrey A. Guryev, Chief Executive Officer, PJSC PhosAgro, Russian Federation
  • Anne-Laure De Chammard, Group Chief Strategy Officer, ENGIE Group, France
  • Claudia Vergueiro Massei, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Oman, Oman
  • Dana Juffali, Business Development Director, Khaled Juffali Energy and Utilities, Saudi Arabia
  • Erica Alessandri, Member of the Board, Technogym, Italy
  • Gareth Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Mitbana, Singapore
  • Haley Lowry, Global Sustainability Director, Dow, United States of America
  • Kishin Rk, Chief Executive Officer, RB Capital, Singapore
  • Laure Forgeron, Managing Director – Head of Facultative Underwriting EMEA, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Switzerland
  • Liam Sobey, Vice President of Merchandising, Sobeys, Canada
  • Matthew Chamberlain, Chief Executive, London Metal Exchange, United Kingdom
  • Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim Group, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, United Arab Emirates
  • Nari Kahle, Head, Transformation and Operational Excellence, Volkswagen, Germany
  • Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, Chaudhary Group, Nepal
  • Ricardo Weder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JUSTO, Mexico
  • Roongchat Boonyarat, Director, Chief Executive and Operating Officer, Malee Group, Thailand
  • Rose Damen, Managing Director, Damen Yachting; Non-Executive Member of the Board, Damen Holding, Netherlands
  • Shreevar Kheruka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Borosil, India
  • Sophie Kim Seul Ah, Founder, Market Kurly, Republic of Korea
  • Srikanth Bolla, Chief Executive Officer, Bollant Industries, India
  • Sylvia Wiesner, Vice-President Foods DACH, Unilever, Germany
  • Tanit Chearavanont, Director, Siam Makro, Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand

Civil Society and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Amit Paley, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Trevor Project, United States of America
  • Anulika Ajufo, Principal, Soros Economic Development Fund, United Kingdom
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), Chad
  • Jessica Jackson, Chief Advocacy Officer, Reform Alliance, United States of America
  • Jocelyn Formsma, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres, Canada
  • Roberto Patiño, Chief Executive Officer, Convive, Venezuela
  • Sangu Delle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Health Holdings, Ghana
  • Sinéad Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Tilting the Lens, Ireland
  • Zolzaya Batkhuyag, Founder and Head of Board, Women for Change, Mongolia
  • Wawira Njiru, Founder, Food for Education, Kenya

Global Health and Healthcare

  • Arvan Chan, Regional Vice-President, International and Corporate Operations, Centene Corporation, United States of America
  • Burcu Ozturk, Chief Financial Officer, MLP Saglik Hizmetleri, Turkey
  • Conrod Kelly, Executive Director, Global Social Determinants and Population Health, Merck and Co., United States of America
  • David Alexander Walcott, Founder and Managing Partner, Novamed, Jamaica
  • Qian Zhuang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zhiwo Explore Education and Technology, People’s Republic of China
  • Shiho Azuma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lily MedTech, Japan
  • Terrence Kommal, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Medical Expert Consulting Group, South Africa
  • Vasudha Vats, Global Commercial Lead/Senior Director, Pfizer, United States of America
  • Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Roivant Sciences, United States of America

Professional Services

  • Ameya Prabhu, Managing Partner, UAP Advisors, India
  • Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC, United States of America
  • Emily Serazin, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, United States of America
  • Esraa Al-Buti, Partner, EY, Saudi Arabia
  • Laura Gersch, Member of the Board of Management, Corporate Pensions, Allianz Lebensversicherungs, Germany
  • Lucy Cooper, Managing Director/Head of Innovation, Europe, Accenture, United Kingdom
  • Luiza Mattos, Partner; Head of Healthcare South America, Bain and Company, Brazil
  • Megan Greenfield, Partner, McKinsey and Company, United States of America
  • Sanae Lahlou, Director of the African Business Unit, Mazars Maroc, Morocco

Public Figures

  • Adriana Ortiz, President, National Handcraft Institute (IPA), Paraguay
  • Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani, Managing Director, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Qatar
  • Alberto de Belaunde, Congressman, Congress of Peru
  • Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State, European Affairs, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France
  • Andrew Bragg, Senator for New South Wales, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Fawaz Farooqui, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia
  • Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh, Member of the Knesset, Israel
  • Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan, United States of America
  • Lea Wermelin, Minister for Environment, Denmark
  • Maleeka Bokhari, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice of Pakistan
  • Martin Guzman, Minister of Economy, Argentina
  • Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, South Africa
  • Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United States of America
  • Vera Daves de Sousa, Minister of Finance, Angola
  • Virginijus Sinkevicius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission, Belgium


  • Achmad Zaky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bukalapak, Indonesia
  • Aditi Avasthi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Indiavidual Learning, India
  • Alexander de Carvalho, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Public Group International, United Kingdom
  • Anneliese Schulz, Regional President, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Software AG, Singapore
  • Clarisse Iribagiza, President, DMM.HeHe, Rwanda
  • Elham Al Qasim, Chief Executive Officer, Digital14, United Arab Emirates
  • Francesca Chia, Chief Executive Officer, GoGet, Malaysia
  • Gazal Kalra, Co-Founder, Rivigo, India
  • He Zhengyu, Principal Scientist, Ant Group, People’s Republic of China
  • Hitesh Wadhwa, Vice-President – Strategic Initiatives, Tech Mahindra, India
  • Hriday Ravindranath, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Global Services, BT Group, India
  • Kira Radinsky, Co-Founder, Diagnostic Robotics, Israel
  • Obi Ozor, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Kobo360, Nigeria
  • Paul Rivera, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kalibrr Technology Ventures, Philippines
  • Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Vice-President, International Rides, Uber, Netherlands
  • Suren Aloyan, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dasaran, Armenia
  • Xue Peng, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Tongcheng Biying Technology, People’s Republic of China
  • Yifan Li, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Hesai Tech, People’s Republic of China

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World Economic Forum Plans 2022 Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters



The World Economic Forum plans to convene the world’s foremost leaders for the Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Taking place in person from 17-21 January, the Annual Meeting 2022 will be the first global leadership event to set the agenda for a sustainable recovery.

The pandemic has exacerbated fractures across society. It is a critical year for leaders to come together and shape necessary partnerships and policies. The meeting will bring together forward-thinking leaders to drive multistakeholder collaboration and address the world’s most pressing economic, political and societal challenges. Further details will be announced in due course.

The wellbeing of our participants, staff, service providers and hosts is a priority. Therefore, the World Economic Forum is working closely with the Swiss authorities, as well as with experts, national and international health organizations to put in place measures for the Annual Meeting 2022 that are appropriate and adapted to the context.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum said “The pandemic has brought far-reaching changes. In a world full of uncertainty and tension, personal dialogue is more important than ever. Leaders have an obligation to work together and rebuild trust, increase global cooperation and work towards sustainable, bold solutions.”

Progressing cooperation on tackling climate change, building a better future for work, accelerating stakeholder capitalism, and harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be important topics on the agenda.

Ahead of the Annual Meeting 2022, the Forum will host the fifth Sustainable Development Impact Summit to take place virtually from 20 to 23 September 2021 in the context of the United Nations General Assembly. The summit will convene under the theme Shaping an Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery. It will welcome almost leaders from government, business and civil society who will work together to drive action and build momentum for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

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Spain’s PM Speaks with Global CEOs on Strategic Priorities in Post-Pandemic Era



The World Economic Forum today hosted a “Country Strategy Dialogue on Spain with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez” for its partners, chaired by Børge Brende, President of the Forum. The session gave CEOs from around the world an opportunity to hear directly from Sánchez on the factors behind Spain’s remarkable resilience to the economic shocks of the pandemic and its post-COVID-19 recovery strategy.

In the virtual session, Sánchez explained his government’s policy priorities and answered questions from CEOs on promoting innovation, a digital economy, a green transition and social justice in Spain, and on improving the enabling environment for long-term investors.

“After deploying unprecedented economic, financial and social measures to protect our economies, Spain is experiencing strong recovery. We want to build the economy of the future, and to do it in an inclusive way, leaving no one behind. We want to attract top talent and quality, innovation-centric investments. In summary, we want to transform the Spanish economy and we want to do it together with the private sector,” he said.

“The world economy is again growing. Spain is on track to be one of the fastest-growing economies among G20 countries. With Spain being among the key stakeholders in the European Union recovery fund, Prime Minister Sánchez and his government have provided important leadership on how to use the current momentum for a truly transformative agenda, for Spain, but also for Europe.” said Brende.

More than 80 partners of the World Economic Forum from around the world participated in the virtual session.

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The Indigenous peoples of the North in Russia have got extra support



The largest metal producer, Norilsk Nickel, has decided to provide additional funding to the indigenous people of the Russian Arctic – living on the Taimyr Peninsula, the company said in a press release.

This is the second tranche of the company allocated to the indigenous peoples living in the north of Russia this year. Earlier it was reported that Norilsk Nickel allocated 2 billion Russian rubles (25.9 million US dollars) for various humanitarian needs of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North – the Taimyr Peninsula.

 “Norilsk Nickel’s response to the needs of indigenous peoples is a confirmation of the company’s flexibility and systematic work with local communities. Our agreement is a demonstration of the desire for sustainable development of the peoples of Taimyr. We constantly monitor the needs of specific communities and, in contact with the company, change the parameters of individual clauses of our agreements. Moreover, most of the changes are an increase in the number of events with an increase in funding for the most important support programs,” said Grigory Dyukarev, Chairman of the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the Taimyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk Territory.

The company clarifies that an additional tranche of financing will be directed to the production of special literature, support for the publication of newspapers in the languages of the indigenous peoples of the North, preparation of teaching materials for language learning and some other activities.

“Nornickel strives to fully comply with the UN sustainable development goals. The company’s actions towards indigenous peoples are not a tribute to fashion, not an attempt to appease, but an honest, transparent and conscious position, the course of which is the development of corporate ethnoculture. We don’t just fund critical indigenous livelihoods and management programs, our goal is to build partnerships with all stakeholders: associations and specific communities. We always strive to respond to requests for adjustments to our support programs based on an urgent agenda that indigenous peoples themselves understand better than we do. Especially when it comes to supporting indigenous languages, promoting and protecting them. After all, language is the main vehicle for preserving the historical memory of generations, “commented Andrey Grachev, Vice President for Federal and Regional Programmes at Nornickel.

The agreement was signed at a round-table discussion on the results of an ethnological expert review to study the drivers of indigenous peoples sustainable development on Taimyr. In the period from December 2020 to July 2021, large-scale scientific studies of changes in the original habitat of the indigenous peoples of the North living in the western part of the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets municipal district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the socio-cultural situation. The scientific organisations that participated in the review included Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera), The Expert Center Project Office for Arctic Development and others. The representatives of the indigenous communities praised Nornickel’s openness and determination to remedy the damaging effects of the May 2020 incident on their habitats and livelihood, emphasizing the relevance and significance of the review not only for Taimyr, but also for many other Russian regions.

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