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Published: 7 September 2022

Annual Report 2021-2022


| Jill Rademacher, Head of the Forum Foundations

Forum of Young Global Leaders

| Wadia Ait Hamza, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs) accelerates the impact of a diverse global community of responsible leaders under the age of 40 who are shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future. Each year, a rigorous selection process identifies and celebrates remarkable people from diverse communities and industries worldwide. With more than 1,300 members and alumni of over 120 nationalities, YGLs include civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, the YGLs seek to drive public-private cooperation in the global public interest. The community is united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future. Via their membership, YGLs have access to the Forum’s platforms, where they find inspiration and insights and benefit from global exposure. They can connect with peers and strengthen their network through the community’s events and initiatives.

Global Shapers Community

| Natalie Pierce, Head of the Global Shapers Community

Founded in 2011, the Global Shapers Community is a network of people under the age of 30 driving dialogue, action and change. The community comprises more than 14,500 members and alumni, self-organized in 486 city-based Hubs across 152 countries – from Atlanta to Accra and from Zurich to Zagreb.

A Decade of Impact

This year presented a unique opportunity to celebrate the positive impact the Global Shapers have had over the last decade. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, the community published the Celebrating a Decade of Impact report with support from Project Everyone, Salesforce and Accenture. The report outlines how Global Shapers have directly benefited nearly 2 million people and reached or mobilized an additional 11.5 million people to date. Members have collectively volunteered 45,000 working days to advance all 17 Global Goals.

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

| François Bonnici, Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

In partnership with the World Economic Forum, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship convenes a global pioneering community of social innovators who seek to advance the field of social innovation towards more systemic change.

The Schwab Foundation supports these changemakers’ efforts to collectively create a more just, equitable and sustainable world. It gives them access to exclusive insights and educational programmes such as the Harvard Kennedy School module on system leadership, includes them in Forum initiatives and fosters peer support within the community.

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