Reflecting on Leadership
Who do we want to be as leaders? How do our actions promote the values we want to see in the world? YGLs reflected on what it means to be an authentic leader in intimate discussion circles led by Farhan Latif. Community members shared how pivotal moments have shaped their leadership stories and decision-making.
The more you know yourself and the values that ground you, the more you spread those values in society. - Farhan Latif
Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, addressed questions about the history and purpose of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, as well as the World Economic Forum's relationship to China. Through interactive questions with YGLs, he discussed the importance of human-centred leadership, particularly at this juncture of technology development and societal shifts. He pressed YGLs to take up the responsibility to promote inclusive dialogue to uncover new solutions for the next era of globalization.
Through various sessions and experiences, YGLs deepened their relationships across the community and expanded their skills to lead in the global context. In a series of workshops, they explored practices to maintain mental balance, build resilience, and advance their missions in light of 4IR technology.
Peer-led workshops were led by YGLs across the following themes:
- Khaled Al Sabawi - The Psychology of Storytelling and the Hero's Journey
- Maya Roy - Diversity Builds Resiliency
- Anjhula Mya Singh Bais - Mental Health, Finding Coherence through the Five senses
- Carol Yu Ying - Finding the Voices of Others
- James Chau - Transformations, Rebranding the 4IR
- Kathryn Dovey - Silence in a Noisy World
Hosted by YGL Foundation Board Member, Zhang Yi-Chen and CITIC Capital, the opening dinner brought together community members from more than 60 countries at the iconic Castle Hotel, Dalian. The dinner location exposed YGLs to a new side of Dalian, highlighting the beauty of the coastline within the port city. In welcoming remarks, Zhang Yi-Chen shared insights on China's role on the global stage and called on the community to build bridges across societies and cultural contexts.
Affecting Positive Change
Across the YGL Annual Summit, Peter Lacy was able to expand upon the collaboration announced between Accenture, the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the Global Shapers Community focusing on Responsible Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This was punctuated with the closing dinner, hosted by Peter Lacy and Accenture - a memorable moment where YGLs and Alumni came together to reflect on learnings from the Summit and to celebrate the diversity of the community.
Leading in a human-centred way during times of significant geopolitical, economic and environmental transformation requires working together. YGLs joined efforts to support one another's work and exchange ideas to amplify impact through YGL Coalitions. YGLs self-organized according to their shared interests and the coalitions will serve as a starting point for continued collaboration throughout the year on TopLink, the Forum's digital engagement platform.
Being a YGL has been the best gift of my adult life. - Ilona Szabó de Carvalho
Annual Meeting of the New Champions
YGLs and Alumni contributed to the Annual Meeting of the New Champion's official programme by sharing their expertise on a diversity of topics with over 90 speaking roles as panellists and moderators.
- Samantha Freebairn, Ilona Szabo, Arvind Satyam and James Chau in Navigating the Skies discussed the process of decision making in high-pressure context.
- Hao Jingfang in Promoting Responsible Leadership pondered the responsibility of current leaders to address the concerns of the next generation around climate change and social inequality.
- IIm Fahima Jaschja reminded us of the risk of gender violence in public spaces and the importance of services and laws to make transport safe.
- Yuan Jiakai in The Rise of Chinese Philanthropy analyzed the evolution of Chinese philanthropy and its impact on society.
- Ronaldo Lemos curated a conversation on the opportunities and threats that AI represent for governments.
- Bernise Ang and Fan Ling shared their thought on how big data can be used to make cities safe and sustainable.
- Bernice Dapaah in Green Leadership: Sustainability as Strategy told the story of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative in a conversation about sustainable innovation as competitive advantage.