From Paralympian to Water Security Specialist: Meet the 2024 Class of Young Global Leaders

04 Apr 2024
  • The World Economic Forum unveils 2024's most promising Young Global Leaders: A dynamic and diverse cohort of changemakers, under the age of 40, driving impact across the fields of public health, economic development, technology, sustainability, and more.
  • They join the Forum of Young Global Leaders, whose members have gone on to become Pulitzer winners, UN Goodwill Ambassadors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and heads of state.
  • Discover the new Young Global Leader (YGL) class on

Geneva, Switzerland, 4 April 2024 – The World Economic Forum announces the latest addition to its Young Global Leaders Community: The Class of 2024 – a group of nearly 90 changemakers who are shaping the future and accelerating positive change through their groundbreaking work. This year’s cohort, helping to improve the state of the world, is made up of a remarkable group of rising stars from politics, business, civil society, the arts and academia, who are united in their drive to leave a lasting impact on their communities, organizations and beyond.

For two decades, the Forum of Young Global Leaders has been at the forefront of cultivating a unique community of leaders who are dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing problems head-on. This community has served as an example of the impact that collective action can have - whether it is pioneering groundbreaking initiatives in public health and economic development or driving cutting-edge innovations in technology and sustainability, over the years.

“As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, we are thrilled to welcome our newest cohort of Young Global Leaders. They represent the future of leadership, and we are confident that their perspectives and innovative ideas will contribute significantly to addressing the world's most pressing challenges,” said Ida Jeng Christensen, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Young Global Leaders have made invaluable contributions to shaping policies and improving communities worldwide. Notable community members include Netflix Executive Producer Peace Hyde, Vogue China’s Former Editor-in-Chief Margaret Zhang, Olympian Lewis Pugh, disability activist Sinéad Burke, Peace Activist Victor Ochen, and singer-songwriter

As the Forum of Young Global Leaders celebrates its 20th anniversary, it remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders who are passionate about creating positive change. Over the years, the YGL Community has launched numerous impactful projects. From Global Dignity, which supports dignity-centered leaders in over 80 countries, to TABLE FOR TWO, which has provided 1 million meals to school children in developing countries, to the Clean Air Fund, which has rallied 17 multinational businesses to take action on air pollution, YGLs have consistently collaborated to drive positive change on a global scale.

As part of the three-year leadership development programme, the Class of 2024 will have access to a range of executive education courses, learning journeys and opportunities to collaborate with trusted peers to support them in accelerating their impact.

“For two decades, we have sought out and nurtured young leaders dedicated to improving the state of the world, and today, we are proud to welcome the latest cohort of Young Global Leaders. The Forum of Young Global Leaders remains steadfast in its mission to foster collaboration and responsible leadership,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Meet the 2024 YGL Class


  • Anna Schrimpf, Director of Innovation, J-PAL Global, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
    (J-PAL), United Kingdom
  • Fadel Adib, Associate Professor and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor (Practice), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia
  • Nino Enukidze, Rector of Business and Technology University, Professor, Business and Technology University, Georgia
  • Thomas Roulet, Professor of Leadership, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Arts, Culture & Sports

  • Ahmad Joudeh, Artistic Director and Dancer, Dance or Die Foundation, Netherlands
  • Bhumi Pednekar, Actress, Independent, India
  • Birgit Skarstein, Paralympic Athlete, International Paralympic Committee, Norway
  • Cong Han, Figure Skater, Chinese Figure Skating National Team, People’s Republic of China
  • He Sen Liu, Owner and Chef, Ling Long, People's Republic of China
  • Refik Anadol, Founder and Director, Refik Anadol Studio, USA


  • Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Technology Ventures, Saudi Arabia
  • Adi Sariaatmadja, Chief Executive Officer, PT Kreatif Media Karya, Indonesia
  • Adwaita Nayar, Chief Executive Officer, FSN E-Commerce Ventures Pvt. Ltd (NYKAA), India
  • Ahmed Sobhy, Chief Investment Officer, Banque Misr S.A.E., Egypt
  • Ali Mukhtar, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd, Pakistan
  • Arjun Bhartia, Director, Jubilant Group, India
  • Azeeza Aziz Khan, Director, Summit Corporation Ltd, Bangladesh
  • Camille François, Chief Innovation Officer, Graphika, USA
  • Chinwe Egwim, Chief Economist and Head Economic Research and Intelligence, Coronation Merchant Bank, Nigeria
  • Christian Jolck, Co-Founder and Partner, 2150, Denmark
  • Christoph Pietsch, Chief Growth Officer DACH & Member of the Executive Board, Publicis Groupe Germany, Germany
  • Cristobal della Maggiora, Co-Founder and President, Betterfly, Chile
  • Eva McLellan, General Manager Roche Pharma, La Roche Pharma Slovenia, Slovenia
  • Haikal Siregar, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Indonesia
  • Hector Mujica, Head of Economic Opportunity and Inclusive Technology,, USA
  • Ian Glasner, Group Head of Venture Investment, Innovation and Digital Partnerships, HSBC Holdings PLC, United Kingdom
  • Jaime Alfonso Antonio Zabel de Ayala, Chief Executive Officer, AC Motors, Ayala Corporation, Philippines
  • Katharina Amann, Chief Executive Officer, Volkswagen Autoversicherung, Allianz SE, Germany
  • Lokesh Todi, Chairman, Avasar Equity Limited, Nepal
  • Marte Jerkø, Chief Financial Officer, Yara Europe, Yara International ASA, Norway
  • Masao Koyama, Head of Carbon Dioxide Removal, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
  • May Habib, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Writer, Inc., USA/Lebanon
  • Melvyn Lubega, Founder and Chairman, Baobab Capital, Uganda/South Africa
  • Nathan Shabot, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, LIP Ventures, Mexico
  • Néné Maïga, Chief Executive Officer, Orange, Botswana/Mali
  • Petra Ehmann, Group Chief Innovation and AI Officer, Ringier, and Member of the Board of Directors, Bossard, Ringier AG, Switzerland
  • Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Non-Executive Director, Vedanta Limited, India
  • Alicia Chong Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomer Health Tech, USA
  • Roshan Ahmad, Global Head of Sovereign Advisory, JPMorgan Chase & Co., USA
  • Sebastian Monroy, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Zubale, Brazil
  • Shi Zhe, Chief Digital Officer, Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision), People's Republic of China
  • Shuyin Tang, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Beacon Fund, Viet Nam
  • Shashwat Goenka, Vice Chairman, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, India
  • Sultan Olayan, Director, The Olayan Group, Saudi Arabia
  • Tareq Darwazeh, Chief Operating Officer, MENA Region, Hikma Pharmaceuticals LLC, Jordan
  • Temi Marcella Awogboro, Founding Partner, Alcent Capital, Nigeria
  • Vidhya Ganesan, Managing Partner, McKinsey and Company, Malaysia/Sri Lanka
  • Wesley Spindler, Managing Director, Global Sustainability Leadership Team, Accenture, USA
  • Wemimo Abbey, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Esusu, USA/Nigeria
  • Yalda Aoukar, Founder and Managing Partner, Bracket Capital, Lebanon

Civil Society

  • Angela Oduor Lungati, Executive Director, Ushahidi Inc., Kenya
  • Ding Dang, Executive Director, Green Rose Social Work Service Center, People's Republic of China
  • Judy Sikuza, Chief Executive Officer, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, South Africa
  • Julia Luscombe, Vice-President Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management, Feeding America, USA
  • Natasha Latiff, Founder & Legal Director, Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights Inc., Singapore
  • Raylene Whitford, Director, Canadian Sustainability Standards Board, Canada
  • Rebecca Darwent, Co-Founder and Board Member, Rebecca Darwent Global Inc., Canada
  • Vera Oliveira, Founder and Executive Director, Instituto C – Criança, Cuidado and Cidadão, Brazil
  • Veda Sunassee, Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership University, Mauritius


  • Omayra Issa, News Anchor, CPAC, Canada
  • Muriel Thabile Ngwato, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Newzroom Afrika, South Africa
  • Sophie Schmidt, Founder and Publisher, Rest of World, USA
  • Yurina Takiguchi, Economic and Business Anchor, Globe Eight Inc., Japan

Public Figures

  • Alexander Rodnyansky, Economic Advisor to the President, Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Alice Usanase, Head, Country Relations and Equity Mobilization, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Rwanda
  • Anielle Franco, Minister of Racial Equality, Federal Government Brazil, Brazil
  • Daniel Noboa, President-elect of Ecuador, Government of Ecuador, Ecuador
  • Diego Schalper, Member of the Chamber of Deputies and General-Secretary, Renovacion Nacional party, Chile
  • Lelise Neme Sori, Director-General, Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia
  • Naym-Osor Uchral, Minister of Digital Development and Communications, Government of Mongolia, Mongolia
  • Jeevan Kumaravel Thondam, Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development, Government of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Liang Pei, Deputy Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China, People's Republic of China
  • Luis Donaldo Colosio Riojas, Mayor, City of Monterrey, Mexico
  • Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda, Governor of the State of Baja California, Government of the State of Baja California, Mexico
  • Nadia Ahmad Samdin, Counsel and Associate Director, Member of Parliament, Tri-Sector Associates, Singapore
  • Natalia Bayona, Executive Director, UN World Tourism Organization, Colombia
  • Rahul Rekhi, Counselor for International Affairs, US Department of the Treasury, USA
  • Parit Wacharasindhu, Member of Parliament and Spokesperson, Move Forward Party, Thailand

Social Entrepreneurs

  • Nicolás Wertheimer, Chief Sustainability Officer, Waterplan, Uruguay
  • Oluwatosin Olaseinde, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Money Africa, Nigeria
  • Richa Bajpai, Founder and CEO, Campus Fund, India
  • Rina Akimoto, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vivid Garden Inc., Japan
  • Sayaka Tanaka, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,, Japan
  • Sharad Vivek Sagar, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dexterity Global, India
  • Toshiki Abe, Chief Executive Officer, Ridilover Co., Ltd, Japan
  • Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Farmerline, Ghana

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