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From Entrepreneurs to Scientists: Meet the 2022 Class of Young Global Leaders

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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 2022.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to help shape future leaders who are equipped to both take responsibility for creating a more sustainable and inclusive world, and to address its increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today, there are over 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, entrepreneurs Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, peace activist Victor Ochen, and economist Esther Duflo.

YGLs are active in today’s most exciting and dynamic fields and focus on impact. In the past year, YGLs have made bold commitments to restore 21 million hectares of deforested and degraded land in India, have come together to establish the first corporate movement for clean air to create healthy communities around the world, and have even launched a $1 billion gender fund to advance global equity and women’s leadership.

The class of 2022 is gender equal and has representatives from 42 countries. Members will take part in a three-year leadership development programme that will help them reach their next level of impact. The programme offers executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas with a trusted network of peers.

“The leaders celebrated today have demonstrated exceptional ingenuity and vision across their fields. While they represent diverse sectors, regions and issue areas, they are united in their commitment to lead towards a more inclusive and sustainable world,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

“The World Economic Forum is delighted to welcome this year’s class of Young Global Leaders. Their commitment to improving the state of the world is crucial at a time where collaboration is needed more than ever,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Meet the 2022 YGL Class

Academia/Think-tank

  • Amal Enan, Chief Investment Officer, American University in Cairo, United States of America
  • Danae Kyriakopoulou, Senior Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  • James Kwame Mensah, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Jinxing Zheng, Division Head, Professor, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China
  • Kaitlyn Sadtler, Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and Chief of the Section for Immunoengineering, National Institutes of Health, United States of America
  • Philip Meissner, Founder and Director, European Center for Digital Competitiveness, Germany
  • Wai-Lung (Billy) Ng, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Yoichi Ochiai, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Arts, Culture & Sports

  • Daniel Feldman, Founder & Architect, Zona Industrial Taller de Arquitectura, Colombia
  • Inna Modja, Land Ambassador, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Portugal
  • Manasi Joshi, Athlete, Sports Authority of India, India
  • Sumayya Vally, Founder and Principal, Counterspace, South Africa
  • Wissam Joubran, Composer, Performer, Luthier, Le Trio Joubran, Palestinian Territories

Business

  • Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, President and Chief Executive Officer, Milaha Group, Qatar
  • Anderson Tanoto, Managing Director, RGE Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Anne-Laure Malauzat, Partner, Middle East, Bain & Company, United Arab Emirates
  • Bicheng Han, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BrainCo, United States of America
  • Carlo Perez-Arizti, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Mexico
  • Caroline Blanch Israel, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Australia
  • Christer Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Canica Holding AG, Switzerland
  • Christy Lei Sun, Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Partner, Yatsen Global, People’s Republic of China
  • Claire Cormier Thielke, Country Head, Hines Greater China, Hines Asia Pacific, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Daniel Zhang Xianming, Vice President, Broad Group, People’s Republic of China
  • Dominic Wadongo, Group Head of Operational Risk, Equity Group Holdings Plc, Kenya
  • Enass Abo-Hamed, Chief Executive Officer, H2GO Power Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Esha Mansingh, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Imperial Logistics Limited, South Africa
  • Esra Eczacıbaşı Coşkun, Member of the Board of Directors and Group Digital Transformation Coordinator, Eczacıbaşı Holding, Turkey
  • Eugene Chung, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Penrose Studios Inc., United States of America
  • Eva Otieno, Principal, Africa Strategy, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, Kenya
  • Fares Bugshan, Chief Executive Officer, Bugshan Investment, Saudi Arabia
  • Frederic Hoffmann, Board Member, MAVA Fondation pour la Nature, Switzerland
  • Ioana Patriniche, Managing Director / Head of Investor Relations, Deutsche Bank AG, United Kingdom
  • Jennifer (Jen) Auerbach-Rodriguez, Managing Director – MLWM Strategic Growth Markets, Merrill Lynch, United States of America
  • John R. Tyson, Executive Vice-President; Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods Inc., United States of America
  • Joud Abdel Majeid, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, BlackRock Inc., United States of America
  • Kim Hallwood, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Bank Canada, Canada
  • Lesley Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer, African Risk Capacity “ARC” Ltd, South Africa
  • Margot Edelman, General Manager, Daniel J. Edelman, Inc, United States of America
  • Mariana Vasconcelos, Chief Executive Officer, Agrosmart SA, Brazil
  • Mark Stoffels, Managing Director, Connected Care North America, Philips, United States of America
  • Matthew Katz, Global Head of Data Science, Blackstone, United States of America
  • Mayank Singhal, Global Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital, Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG), United Arab Emirates
  • Miku Hirano, Chief Executive Officer, Cinnamon AI, Japan
  • Mmaki Jantjies, Head of Innovation, Telkom SA SOC Limited, South Africa
  • Mohammed Alghanim, Group Chief Executive Officer, Hamad S. Al-Ghanim Group, Kuwait
  • Noor Boodai, Chief Executive Officer, TenX, Kuwait
  • Ola Doudin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BitOasis, United Arab Emirates
  • Orenzo (Perry) Hollowell, Head of Global Equities and Sustainable Investing, CFI Partners, United States of America
  • Peng Shen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shuidi Company, People’s Republic of China
  • Radhika Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Edelweiss Mutual Fund, India
  • Ritesh Malik, Founder, Innov8 Coworking, India
  • Sarah Rawson, Regional Head of Business Management EMEA, Swiss Re Services Limited, United Kingdom
  • Sharam Gulzad, Chief Executive Officer/Founder/Investor, Gulzad Group, Afghanistan
  • Siwan (Swan) Lu, Principal, Zurich Global Ventures, Switzerland
  • Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), Australia
  • Soraya Djermoun, Entrepreneur, Author, Geopolitical expert, Terza, Algeria
  • Steve Suryadinata, Managing Director, BSA Land, Indonesia
  • Suhail Sameer, Chief Executive Officer, Resilient Innovation Private Limited (BharatPe), India
  • Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy and Research, Paypal, Inc., United States of America
  • Venetia Bell, Group Chief Sustainability Officer; Head, Strategy, Gulf International Bank BSC (GIB), United Kingdom
  • Vineeta Singh, Chief Executive Officer, SUGAR Cosmetics, India
  • Yashovardhan Lohia, Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, Thailand
  • Yeoh Keong Hann, Executive Director, YTL Power Generation, Malaysia
  • Yichen Shen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lightelligence, United States of America
  • Yousef Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, LG Sonic B.V., Netherlands
  • Yuito Yamada, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Japan
  • Zou Shasha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AHA Entertainment, People’s Republic of China
  • Zuriel Naiker, Managing Director, Sales and Distribution, Africa, Marsh & McLennan Companies, South Africa

Civil Society

  • Alaa Murabit, Director, Health (PAC), UN High-Level Commissioner & SDG Advocate, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada
  • Boju Zhang, Secretary General, Ginkgo Foundation, People’s Republic of China
  • Clarissa Delgado, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Teach For the Philippines, Philippines
  • Françoise Moudouthe, Chief Executive Officer, African Women’s Development Fund, Ghana
  • Freshta Karim, Founding Director, Charmaghz Cultural and Services Organization, United Kingdom
  • Ilwad Elman, Chief Operating Officer, Elman Peace HRC, Somalia
  • Irina Lachowski, Chief Executive Officer, RenovaBR, Brazil
  • Jessica Beckerman, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Muso, United States of America
  • Joy Buolamwini, Founder and Executive Director, Algorithmic Justice League, United States of America
  • Luana Génot, Executive Director, Brazilian Identities Institute, Brazil
  • Matt Dalio, Founder and Chair, Endless OS, United States of America
  • Sun Xuemei, Chairperson, Beijing All in One Public Welfare Foundation, People’s Republic of China
  • Vilas Dhar, President and Trustee, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, United States of America
  • Zoya Lytvyn, Head, Osvitoria, Ukraine

Media

  • Juan Carlos Rincón, Editor of the Opinion Section, El Espectador, Colombia
  • Tom Mustill, Director, Gripping Films Ltd, United Kingdom

Public Figure

  • Bárbara Luiza Coutinho do Nascimento, State Prosecutor, Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor’s Office, Brazil
  • Bolor-Erdene Battsenge, State Secretary, Ministry of Digital Development, Mongolia
  • Colin Allred, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, United States of America
  • Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Belgium
  • Freddy Castro, Chief Executive Officer, Banca de las Oportunidades, Colombia
  • Hamad AlMahmeed, Undersecretary for Research & Projects, Prime Minister’s Office, Bahrain
  • James Mnyupe, Presidential Economic Adviser; Green Hydrogen Commissioner, Office of the President of Namibia, Namibia
  • Maria Eugenia del Castillo Cabrera, Envoy of the Vicepresident of the Dominican Republic, The Presidency of the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
  • Mark Boris Andrijani, Minister of Digital Transformation, Government Office for Digital Transformation of Slovenia, Slovenia
  • Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Government of Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Naif Shesha, Chief Strategy Officer, Saudi Space Commission, Saudi Arabia
  • Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade, Singapore
  • Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work of the United Arab Emirates, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
  • Raghav Chadha, Member of Parliament, State of Punjab, India
  • Saad Hayat Tamman, Member – Strategic Reforms and Implementation Unit, Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Safiya Al-Jabry, Executive Director, Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS), Yemen
  • Sahar Albazar, Parliament Member & Deputy Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee, Egyptian Parliament, Egypt

Social Entrepreneur

  • Badruun Gardi, Co-Founder and Chairman, GerHub, Mongolia
  • Jaideep Bansal, Chief Executive Officer, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), India
  • Kiah Williams, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine – SIRUM, United States of America
  • Luhui Yan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carbonstop, People’s Republic of China
  • Mia Perdomo, Co-Founder and CEO, Aequales, Colombia
  • Nasreen Ali Mohamed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cherehani Africa, Kenya
  • Sara Saeed Khurram, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sehat Kahani, Pakistan
  • Yanqing (Kenny) Cai, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bottle Dream, People’s Republic of China
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As the climate dries the American west faces power and water shortages, experts warn

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Two of the largest reservoirs in America, which provide water and electricity to millions, are in danger of reaching ‘dead pool status.’ A result of the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, experts say.

Lake Mead, in Nevada and Arizona, and Lake Powell, in Utah and Arizona, are currently at their lowest levels ever. ‘Dead pool’ status would mean the water level in the dams was so low it could no longer flow downstream and power the hydroelectric power stations.

The Lake Mead reservoir, which is the largest artificial body of water in America, was created in the 1930s by the construction of the Hoover Dam, an engineering masterpiece. Lake Powell, the second largest, was created in the 1960s, with the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam.

“The conditions in the American west, which we’re seeing around the Colorado River basin, have been so dry for more than 20 years that we’re no longer speaking of a drought,” said Lis Mullin Bernhardt, an ecosystems expert at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “We refer to it as “aridification” – a new very dry normal.”

Lake Mead and Lake Powell, which is created by the Glen Canyon Dam, not only provide water and electricity to tens of millions in Nevada, Arizona, California, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Mexico, but they also provide irrigation water for agriculture. Experts warn that as the crisis deepens, water cuts will need to be introduced, but this may not be enough.

“While regulating and managing water supply and demand are essential in both the short and long term, climate change is at the heart of this issue,” said Maria Morgado, UNEP’s Ecosystems Officer in North America. “In the long term we need to address the root causes of climate change as well as water demands.”

Over the last 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters were caused by floods, droughts and other water-related events. With more frequent droughts, people in water-scarce areas will increasingly depend on groundwater because of its buffer capacity and resilience to climate variability.

Increases in water demand due to growing populations and irrigation for agriculture have been compounded by climate change impacts such as reductions in precipitation and temperature rises. A rise in temperature leads to increased evaporation of surface water and baking of the earth, decreasing soil moisture.

“These conditions are alarming, and particularly in the Lake Powell and Lake Mead region, it is the perfect storm.”

This is part of a wider trend affecting hundreds of millions of people across the planet. As climate change wreaks havoc on the Earth’s interconnected natural systems, drought and desertification are swiftly becoming the new normal, everywhere from the United States to Europe and Africa.

Drought in Numbers, a 2022 report from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, found that since 1970 weather, climate and water hazards have accounted for 50 per cent of all disasters and impact 55 million people globally every year. The report also found that 2.3 billion people face water stress annually.

Drought is also one of several factors that impacts land degradation, with between 20 and 40 per cent of the world’s land being classed as degraded, affecting half the world’s population and impacting croplands, drylands, wetlands, forests and grasslands.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, of which UNEP is one of the leading members, was set up to halt and restore ecosystems around the world. The Decade runs until 2030, the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals, and aims to counteract climate change and halt biodiversity collapse through restoring ecosystems.

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WFP: First Ukrainian humanitarian grain shipment leaves for Horn of Africa

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The first vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain to support humanitarian operations run by the World Food Programme (WFP) has left the port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, the UN agency reported on Tuesday. 

The MV Brave Commander departed with 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat grain for WFP’s response in the Horn of Africa, where the threat of famine is looming due to severe drought. 

This is the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed by Ukraine, Russia, Türkiye and the UN in July. 

Feeding the world’s hungry 

It marks another important milestone in efforts to get much-needed Ukrainian grain out of the war-torn country and back into global markets, to reach people worst affected by the global food crisis. 

“Getting the Black Sea Ports open is the single most important thing we can do right now to help the world’s hungry,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.  

“It will take more than grain ships out of Ukraine to stop world hunger, but with Ukrainian grain back on global markets we have a chance to stop this global food crisis from spiraling even further.” 

WFP will use the wheat grain shipment to scale-up its efforts in southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, supporting more than 1.5 million people affected by drought. 

Globally, a record 345 million people in more than 80 countries are currently facing acute food insecurity, while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are at risk of being pushed into famine without humanitarian support. 

The current hunger crisis is being driven by several factors including conflict, climate impacts, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The war in Ukraine is another catalyst as the country is a major grain exporter.  Ukraine was exporting up to six million tonnes of grain a month prior to the start of the conflict in February, but volumes now are at an average of one million tonnes per month. 

More action needed 

WFP said that with commercial and humanitarian maritime traffic now resuming in and out of Ukraine’s Black Sea Port, some global supply disruptions will ease, which will bring relief to countries facing the worst of the global food crisis. 

Crucially, Ukraine will also be able to empty its grain storage silos ahead of the summer season harvest, the agency added. 

However, despite these developments, the unprecedented food crisis continues. 

WFP stressed the need for immediate action that brings together the humanitarian community, governments, and the private sector to save lives and invest in long term solutions, warning that “failure will see people around the world slip into devastating famines with destabilizing impacts felt by us all.” 

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New WEF ESG initiative looks to improve socioeconomic conditions in Northern Central America

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The World Economic Forum announced a new initiative in three Central American countries that will support the private sector apply Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics and better environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting to improve local socioeconomic conditions and environmental resilience.

The announcement was made at events convened by the Forum with CentraRSE in Guatemala, COHEP in Honduras and Fundemas in El Salvador. These were attended by leaders from the public and private sector, civil society and international organizations who discussed the benefits and opportunities of implementing structured ESG reporting metrics, practices and global corporate trends. National and regional efforts and best practices were also showcased.

The Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism initiative has identified a set of 21 core and 34 expanded universal metrics and disclosures drawn from existing standards. The metrics and disclosure seek to improve how companies measure and demonstrate their performance against environmental, social and governance indicators and consistently track their positive contributions towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Strengthening sustainability credentials and building the capacity to report this information will represent a significant advantage for businesses and the economy as a whole, particularly to attract foreign investment and integrate into regional and global value chains.

“Amid an increasingly challenging context confronted with overlapping global crises, public-private collaboration and the decisive action of local leadership are even more necessary to improve economic, social, environmental and governance conditions. All sectors must work together to build a prosperous and resilient ecosystem, offering hope and real opportunities for people in the region to develop their potential at home,” said Marisol Argueta, Head of Latin America at the World Economic Forum.

The initiative is a response The initiative is a response to US Vice President Kamala Harris’s Call to Action, which calls on businesses and social enterprises to promote economic opportunities for people in the region as part of a comprehensive strategy to address the root causes of migration. Vice President Harris has announced a total of more than $3.2 billion in new commitments to the region in coordination with the Partnership for Central America since the effort was launched in May 2022.

“As we look to multi-sector approaches to solve the social challenges facing our communities globally, the World Economic Forum’s ESG framework provides a structure for businesses to drive greater economic development. Working with public and private sector partners, this can translate into quality jobs, environmental protections and better lives for families,” said Jonathan Fantini-Porter, Executive Director of the Partnership for Central America.

The areas of focus, led by the Partnership for Central America (PCA), intend to support the region’s long-term development through digital and financial inclusion, food security and climate-smart agriculture; climate adaptation and clean energy; education and workforce development; and public health access. The planned ESG metrics and corporate reporting activities also aim to motivate local leaders to take measurable action on their contributions to enhancing socioeconomic conditions and environmental resilience in the region.

Based on existing standards, this framework provides a set of metrics that can be reported by all companies, regardless of industry or region. These metrics also offer comparability, which is particularly important for creating a systemic and globally accepted set of common standards for reporting corporate sustainability performance.

As part of the activities carried out in Central America, the Guatemalan company, Grupo Mariposa announced the adoption of the global metrics framework promoted by the World Economic Forum (Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics) and declared its commitment to include them in future reporting cycles. Grupo Mariposa is the first company in Central America to incorporate the metrics in its reports.

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