The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.
Young Global Leaders represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs.
Nominated under 40, these young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body, while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to serving society at large.
Set up as an independent not-for-profit foundation, under the supervision of the Swiss Government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders works in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum to integrate young leaders into deep interaction with other stakeholders of global society.
YGL Active Members are involved in virtually all of the meetings, research and initiatives of the World Economic Forum, representing the views and interests of the next generation of leaders. Young Global Leaders have a powerful role in determining the activities of the YGL Community, which is governed by a Foundation Board and managed by a small team in Geneva.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is building a next-generation leadership community that is mission-led and principle-driven, while being inclusive but merit-based.
Our objectives are to:
- Convene a diverse global community of peers by bringing together Young Global Leaders at summits, regional events, leadership development programmes and community-organized gatherings around the world. YGLs are encouraged to learn from each other, and with each other, in a search for forward-looking and innovative solutions to present-day problems. YGL events are dynamic, interactive gatherings that focus on collaboration across traditional “divides” and where every participant is an active one.
- Catalyse the next generation of leaders through personal experiences that enable YGLs to build knowledge and engender a better understanding of global challenges and trends, as well as to further enhance their unique role as leaders within their organizations and the broader community. Insights come from dedicated educational modules (such as the “Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” module at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government); informal, interactive, off-the-record sessions with high-profile world leaders; and peer-to-peer coaching opportunities.
- Positively impact the global agenda by engaging the YGL community in initatives and task forces related to specific global challenges which they identify collectively. YGLs bring their diverse skill-set to tackle a range of issues using their expertise, knowledge and networks to make a sound contribution to the world. In that sense, the YGL Community is a distinctive balance of rights and responsibilities.
Check out the YGL Institutional Brochure with some outstanding YGL community stories and profiles.
Our YGL Community Lead Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, has produced a special edition of their corporate magazine featuring many inspiring and impressive YGL stories. You can check it out at http://www.meet-the-ygl.com
After their tenure of five years, YGLs can join the YGL Alumni Community. From 1993 to 2003, before the creation of the Forum and the Young Global Leaders, new generation of leaders who demonstrated a commitment to addressing global issues were part of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow community.