YGL Initiatives & Dialogues


The Forum of Young Global Leaders aims to make a positive impact on the global agenda by engaging the YGL community in initiatives and dialogues related to specific global challenges which they identify collectively. YGLs bring their diverse skill-set to tackle a range of issues, using their expertise, knowledge and networks to make a sound contribution to the world. The World Economic Forum provides the platform and opportunity for innovative ideas from the YGL community to be nurtured, tested and ultimately scaled. 

Our vision with these initiatives is much like an “idea incubator”. It starts with an idea from a group of YGLs. We connect them to relevant experts and partners within the YGL and broader Forum community, and, ultimately, we encourage them to form legally bound not-for-profit or, in some instances, for-profit organizations. 

The list below represents the current initiatives in three distinct phases of development:

Established YGL Initiatives

YGL Initiatives in this category have reached their point of maturity within the structure of the World Economic Forum and in most cases have been established as their own Not-for-Profit Organization. The YGL Community continues to stay involved with these initiatives, but they require less support from the YGL community or YGL Team.

BEYOND Tomorrow

A group of young leaders in Japan have launched a new initiative to help youths who were orphaned or otherwise affected by the recent huge earthquake. The programme, aiming to provide leadership development programmes for these youths with potential, is seeking partners who will help the implementation of multi-pillar programmes to provide necessary educational opportunities for leadership development.

Deworm the World

More than 600 million school-age children worldwide are at risk of parasitic worm infections, which cause malnutrition and anaemia, stunt physical and cognitive development, and decrease school attendance and performance. There is a simple, safe and highly cost-effective solution to this problem: mass school-based deworming.

Global Access in Action

Global Access in Action believes that current IP systems can be better used to impact global poverty. We are in a new landscape of IP in key fields of technology that impact the poor: in energy, agriculture, health and information & communication technologies. This requires putting in place new strategies for managing IP.

Global Dignity

Global Dignity has set itself the goal of building bridges and promoting the one thing that unites us all as human beings, regardless of our ethnicity, religion, political views or other differences: human dignity.

Table for Two

In our world of almost seven billion people, one billion suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while an equal number suffer from obesity, diabetes and other health problems related to "over nutrition”. TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) rights this imbalance by addressing these two opposing problems simultaneously with a simple meal.


The first global water campaign bringing non-profits and companies together. Water is everywhere, or so it seems. But in reality, we are using the available water far faster than it can be replenished. The world’s water is running out. Over the past century, water use by human beings has been growing twice as fast as our global population.


Currently active YGL Initiatives

Initiatives in this category are holding regular calls/meetings, have a defined course of action and set of objectives, and have begun to create action on the ground or are working towards meeting their objectives. Each initiative, however, finds itself at varying levels of maturity.

Closing the Gender Gap 
Closing the Gender Gap seeks to engage all YGLs in taking specific actions to close the gender gap in their organizations and broader spheres of influence.

Fish Banks 
At current global consumption rates of fish, global fisheries are projected to collapse by 2050. The Fish Banks initiative works to create a new business model for ocean conservation, through self-sustaining marine reserves that pay for themselves, restore fish stocks, create jobs, and turn a profit.

Global Inclusion Initiative
The Global Inclusion Initiative aims to make diversity and inclusion a core part of the YGL community and its work through 2 key areas: Understanding and Leadership. 

Learn Money 
The Learn Money initiative was launched in 2009 and primarily networks educational institutions, the media, policymakers, business and science at events and study courses to promote public discussion and anchor financial topics within educational curricula.

Tree of Pascal - Bridging Art & Science
This initiative is now entering a new phase to explore the brain activity of diverse YGLs as they describe their personal stories of resilience. The project seeks to gather neurological insight into personal resilience.

Public Leadership Initiative 
The YGL Public Leadership Initiative was conceived and launched in the summer of 2009 by a group of YGLs and is committed to promoting and supporting YGLs in pursuit of public office. 

Irada - Scholarships for Syria 
Created by a group of YGLs either from or working in the MENA region, the Irada initiative aims to fund scholarships to world-leading universities for outstanding students impacted by Syria’s ongoing crisis. It is run by Blue Rose Compass, an NGO that supports the education of displaced communities, and overseen by an independent board.

Full scholarships (with the possibility of travel and accommodation allowances) will make a world of difference for these young Syrians. The exposure will help create a generation of well-educated, forward-looking Syrians who are eager to transfer the knowledge and experience they acquire during their education at these universities. This constituency is the flipside of the threat of the “lost generation”, and one that will prove vital to rebuilding the Syrian state and society in the future.

Stone Soup Imitative
The Stone Soup Global Leadership initiative has launched an actionable, replicable model of leadership to tackle global challenges, which are increasingly cross-sector and cross-border. The initiative codifies characteristics and actions of people who catalyse large-scale change in society via collaborative leadership and aims to equip and inspire a global network of leaders

Urban Mobility 
The YGL Urban Mobility initiative works with the objectives of providing a broader context to enable the public and policy makers to evaluate and drive sustainable urban transport policy performance, and identifying the leading cities that are coping best with the challenges of providing sustainable urban transport.  


YGL Dialogues

In this section, you will be able to read about the different YGL Dialogues that are currently being explored and are at varied levels of maturity. These YGL dialogues are a series of exclusive webinars led by one or more YGLs that together focus on a specific theme. The objective of each dialogue is to share knowledge that would ensure that conversations taking place during in-person meetings do not lose momentum, and can continue online over time, leading to meaningful sustained dialogue amongst the YGLs as well as between the YGL community and the World Economic Forum. 

The YGL Education Dialogue was recently launched by a small group of YGLs with a vested interest in the education space. The group’s focus is to discuss the various challenges affecting education in all its forms, addressing all ages, and to identify specific areas where the YGLs can dig deeper to form structured initiatives. 

As a result of the 2013 YGL Annual Summit, a specific dialogue around reducing energy poverty in Myanmar was launched by 3 YGLs, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and U Ken Pyi Wa Tun. This dialogue aims to tackle this issue by identifying solutions to increase Energy Access across the country. 

Circular Economy 
The circular economy dialogue was created to inspire leaders to embrace a Circular Economy vision for their organizations and to provide tangible relevant examples of successful business examples and how other organizations got there. A platform of sharing was created to provide varying perspectives on a circular economy. 

Future of Capitalism
Capitalism has come under intense criticism over the last years, some of which cannot be easily dismissed.  Issues correctly raised include the sustainability of its traditional model, the inequality of wealth generation, and its difficulties in connecting with broader stakeholders such as civil society.  To reflect on these issues and potential constructive solutions, YGLs have initiated a Dialogue on the Future of Capitalism.  

MENA in Transition
A group of YGLs from the Middle East and North Africa region have come together to create the YGL Dialogue on MENA in Transition. This Dialogue includes a series of monthly webinars that focus on one country in the region each time with the objective of: 1) informing the broader YGL community of the events related to economy in the MENA region; 2) fostering new ideas for economic growth in the region.

Sharing Economy
The YGL Sharing Economy working group was launched in the summer 2012 within the Circular Economy initiative. The Sharing Economy (also known as collaborative consumption and the collaborative economy) focuses on "access over ownership" and the reinvention of traditional market behaviours -- such as renting, lending and swapping -- through technology. In this process we are discovering new ways to create value, promote economic efficiency, resource sustainability and community-building. 

YGLs on Syria
YGLs are contributing to the situation in Syria by supporting entrepreneurs in the Syrian Diaspora, bringing solar energy to Syria, creating education and jobs for Syrian refugees, providing online education for displaced Syrian children, connecting with civil society working on/in Syria, and contributing to easing the humanitarian crisis.