Young Global Leaders

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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.


The program was founded by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum in 1993 under the name “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” and was renamed to Young Global Leaders in 2004.[1]

Schwab created the group with $1 million won from the Dan David Prize,[2] and the inaugural 2005 class comprised 237 young leaders.


BusinessWeek's Bruce Nussbaum describes the Young Global Leaders as "the most exclusive private social network in the world",[3] while the organization itself describes the selected leaders as representing "the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation".

Selection process[edit]

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.[4][5][6] 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.[7]

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."[8]

Leaders' projects[edit]

In 2007, Young Global Leaders initiated a program called Table for Two and aimed at preventing both malnutrition in developing countries and obesity in developed ones.[9]

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.[10]


  1. ^ "THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM A Partner in Shaping History" (PDF). WE Forum. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ Next–Generation Leadership, Harvard: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2009, archived from the original on 7 September 2009
  3. ^ Nussbaum, Bruce (2008), Young Global Leaders: Anderson Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio Are In The Most Exclusive Private Social Network In The World, BusinessWeek
  4. ^ Nominate a Young Global Leader
  5. ^ Lista Iz Davosa, Vreme, 2013
  6. ^ Wo die junge Elite zusammenkommt, Wirtschafts Woche, 2013
  7. ^ Staff (2010), "Young global leaders focus energy and knowledge on better future for all", Japan Times
  8. ^ "Michelle Rempel Garner: I went to Davos. The World Economic Forum is not running Canada". Substack. Michelle Rempel. 24 February 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  9. ^ Kogure, Masa. "How to tackle malnutrition and obesity at the same time". World Economic Forum Blog.
  10. ^ 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

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