Forum of Young Global Leaders, or Young Global Leaders (YGL), was created by Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum. The YGL, a non-profit organization managed from Geneva, Switzerland, is under the supervision of the Swiss government. It is run by the World Economic Forum.
BusinessWeek's Bruce Nussbaum describes the Young Global Leaders as "the most exclusive private social network in the world", while the organization itself describes the selected leaders as representing "the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation".
Representing 70 different nations, Young Global Leaders are nominated by alumni to serve six-year terms and are subject to veto during the selection process. Candidates must be younger than 38 years old at the time of acceptance (meaning active YGLs are 44 and younger), and highly accomplished in their fields. Over the years, there have been many hundreds of honorees, including several popular celebrities, alongside recognized high achievers and innovators in politics, business, academia, media, and the arts.
The selection process includes a screening and an interview. Roughly 100 YGL are selected every year.
Michelle Rempel, a Canadian Conservative politician, says she found out she had been selected as a Young Global Leader in 2016 with an email that she thought was a spam, and described a 2017 meeting as "no different in feel from an academic conference, if a bit more global in nature and with more high-profile politicians and CEOs in attendance."
In 2010, Young Global Leader Wikipedia and Wikia founder Jimmy Wales and Operation HOPE founder John Hope Bryant (another Young Global Leader) joined Karim Hajj, president of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, to form the Wikia-Operation HOPE Global Money Initiative, which translated a curriculum of personal financial empowerment into local North African dialects of French and Arabic.
- "THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM A Partner in Shaping History" (PDF). WE Forum. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
- Next–Generation Leadership, Harvard: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2009, archived from the original on 7 September 2009
- Nussbaum, Bruce (2008), Young Global Leaders: Anderson Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio Are In The Most Exclusive Private Social Network In The World, BusinessWeek, archived from the original on October 16, 2014
- Nominate a Young Global Leader, archived from the original on 2018-08-20, retrieved 2018-08-20
- Lista Iz Davosa, Vreme, 2013, archived from the original on 2015-09-23, retrieved 2014-10-16
- Wo die junge Elite zusammenkommt, Wirtschafts Woche, 2013, archived from the original on 2014-10-16, retrieved 2014-10-16
- Staff (2010), "Young global leaders focus energy and knowledge on better future for all", Japan Times, archived from the original on 2014-10-21, retrieved 2014-10-17
- "Nomination Criteria". The Forum of Young Global Leaders. Archived from the original on 2023-05-08. Retrieved 2023-05-08.
- "Michelle Rempel Garner: I went to Davos. The World Economic Forum is not running Canada". Substack. Michelle Rempel. 24 February 2022. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
- Kogure, Masa. "How to tackle malnutrition and obesity at the same time". World Economic Forum Blog. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
- World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders John Hope Bryant and Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Join Casablanca Stock Exchange CEO Karim Hajji, to Announce Wikia-Operation HOPE Global Money Initiative, Reuters, 2010, archived from the original on 2015-09-24, retrieved 2017-07-03