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The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit a portion of their time to jointly shape a better future and thereby improve the state of the world.

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, Young Global Leaders (YGLs) 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.

Throughout the five year programme, YGLs are fully involved in the Forum’s meetings, initiatives and research and interact with the Forum’s wider multistakeholder community. YGLs have a powerful role in determining the community’s activities. They are governed by a foundation board of respected leaders and are managed by a dynamic team of young professionals based in Geneva and China.

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.

The community gives its members a peer network that challenges them to be better leaders in both their personal and professional lives. It is a support system that questions, and constantly pushes its members to not only do more, but to be more too.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders has three objectives:

Collaboration: to build a diverse global community of peers, committed to engaging in events and interactions that look for innovative solutions to problems

Learning: to further Young Global Leader leadership development through personal and professional experiences that build skills, knowledge and better understanding of global, regional and industry agendas

Action: to generate positive impact on global challenges by engaging Young Global leaders in initiatives, workstreams and collaborations related to issues they have identified collectively

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