The World Economic Forum has announced its 2020 cohort of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Among the 115 innovators named from 52 countries are artists, activists, academics, executives and political leaders. More than half are women and they are all aged under 40.
YGLs make a major contribution to economic and environmental progress. Since this time last year the network has fast-tracked multi-million dollar refugee entrepreneurship initiatives; accelerated waste management solutions and empowered younger people worldwide to make an impact in politics and policy.
“By championing these promising and accomplished leaders we hope to create positive ripple effects that benefit entire communities. In response to a startling decline in trust in leadership over the past decade, these Young Global Leaders inspire the world through their dynamism, passion and integrity,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.
The selected pioneers will now join a five-year programme, which provides ‘executive education courses, group expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas with a trusted network of peers’.