Who we are
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place. Upon nomination, YGLs already have a proven record of extraordinary personal achievement. They also have two distinct features: they have achieved their success young – under the age of 40 – and have shown a commitment to making a positive impact on society.
The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society. 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 and part of the larger New Champions community.
Throughout their tenure, 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 13 respected leaders and are managed by a dynamic team of young professionals based in Geneva and China.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.
Its New Champions community represents the next generation of pioneers, disruptors and innovators – outstanding organizations and individuals who have demonstrated their ability to translate societal challenges into value-creating businesses, policies and technologies. As well as the YGLs, the community also includes Global Growth Companies, Technology Pioneers, Social Entrepreneurs, Young Scientists and Global Shapers.