YGLs Shaping the Agenda
Over 150 YGLs and alumni from 40 countries participated in this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. In the lead up to the event, they shaped the programme, specifically supporting a nuanced and inclusive approach to key topics. During the meeting, they shared their insights on the theme of Globalization 4.0 and spurred new action across business, government and civil society. They also advanced the vision and progress towards the community's 2020 commitments around food security, migration, political entrepreneurship, sanitation, and the environment.
Influencing ideas, governance and action
YGLs held over 100 speaking roles as panelists and moderators in the official programme, providing their expertise on a diversity of topics.
- Gloria Fluxa Thienemann told the personal story behind her company's decision to go plastic-free
- Marietje Schaake called the leaders of Europe to address people's concerns and frustrations in order to keep building a prosperous union
- Belinda Parmar reminded us of the importance of empathy in a compelling conversation on loneliness and it's effects on modern society in the 4th Industrial Revolution
- Sebastian Kurz shared his vision for his country in the new European landscape
- Jacinda Ardern challenged leaders to urgently address climate change
- Explore many more televised sessions by YGLs on the World Economic Forum website.
Raising awareness on key issues
How do we design clothes, cities and events that don't ostracize the 1.3 billion people living with disabilities? Susannah Rodgers shared her experience and ideas with Caroline Baumann and Sinéad Burke in a call for action for all of us, on how we should innovate in urbanism, fashion, retail and beyond. Beyond the sessions in which she took part, Susie also supported the campaign and exhibition, ACCESS+ABILITY, the first focused on bolstering inclusion for people with disabilities.
Highlights from the YGL Programme
The YGLs joined the Global Shapers and Schwab Social Entrepreneurs for two inspiring interactions with leaders: first an exciting off-the record exchange with Professor Schwab, where he shared and tested elements of the Forum’s strategy, as well as presented his vision for the strengths and challenges of Globalization 4.0, as well as a conversation with Henrietta Fore, Executive director of UNICEF, in which she shared her vision for the future of education.
Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, met with his fellow YGLs to discuss his own leaderhsip journey and his vision for Ireland and Europe.
The YGL Community is working towards five collective goals to achieve by 2020. These include leading efforts to conserve land and water, connect refugees to the global economy, and address health issues experienced by billions around the world. Before the start of the official Annual Meeting programme, the YGLs got together for a session focused on strategic action-planning around these five commitments:
- Social Gastronomy, led by YGLs David Hertz and Devry Boughner Vorwerk
- #After the Flush, led by YGL Kate Roberts, TP Chopra, Roshni Nadar Malhotra and Thor Bjorgolfsson
- A New Deal for Nature, led by Enric Sala and Kirstin Rechberger
- Kakuma, led by Solveigh Hieronimus, Ada Osakwe, Alexander Betts, Heba Aly, and Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
- Political Entrepreneurship, led by Lisa Witter, Daniel Sachs and Daniella Ballou-Aares